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Rectangular cask passes tests

Regulation and Safety

23 September 2016

HI-STAR_ATB_1T_drop_test_(Holtec)-48Holtec International has successfully completed a series of free drop-tests on its HI-STAR ATB-1T waste cask. The cask has a rectangular footprint, unlike cylindrical fuel-bearing transport casks.

Funding gaps remain in decommissioning of East European reactors

Waste and Recycling

20 September 2016

Ignalina - aerial - 48The estimated cost of decommissioning Soviet-designed, first-generation nuclear power reactors in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia will be at least €5.7 billion ($6.4 billion), according to the European Court of Auditors. However, it warns this could double if the cost of disposing of high-level radioactive waste is included.

Sellafield refutes safety concerns raised in BBC documentary

Regulation and Safety

06 September 2016

Sellafield_aerial_2014_(Sellafield_Ltd)_48The owner and operator of the UK's Sellafield complex, together with the country's nuclear regulator, have dismissed safety concerns raised in a BBC documentary investigating "the shocking state of Britain's most hazardous nuclear site".

Ignalina gets operating licence for storage facility

Regulation and Safety

21 September 2016

An operating licence was issued yesterday for the new interim used fuel storage at the Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania, the State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (Vatesi) announced today. The licence permits commissioning of the facility, known as the ISFSF B1 Project, and the start of hot trials with ten new design casks. ISFSF B1 Project is located in Visaginas municipality.

Greenland ice sheet project contributes to repository safety

Waste and Recycling

08 September 2016

GAP_researcher_(NWMO)_48Newly published findings from a five-year international project to study conditions at the surface and below the Greenland Ice Sheet will be used in evaluations of the future safety of deep geological repositories over time frames of up to a million years.

Russia prepares new used fuel storage program

Waste and Recycling

26 August 2016

Russia has developed a program for management of used nuclear fuel covering the period "2016-2018 and up to 2020" to replace the previous one, which has expired.