Related Topic: Decommissioning

Mühleberg plant enters permanent decommissioning stage

Mühleberg plant enters permanent decommissioning stage

The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate has announced that the operating licence of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant has been replaced with a decommissioning order issued by the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication. The single unit 373 MWe boiling water reactor began operations in 1972.

Waste & Recycling 18 September 2020


Chernobyl used fuel store gains permit for commissioning

Chernobyl used fuel store gains permit for commissioning

The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has issued a permit to SSE Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to start commissioning work at the Chernobyl Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility, which upon loading will be the world's largest dry storage installation.

Waste & Recycling 09 September 2020


EDF to restart Hunterston B-7 soon

EDF to restart Hunterston B-7 soon

EDF has received regulatory approval to start generating low carbon power again from Reactor 3 at Hunterston B power station in Ayrshire, Scotland. This follows a two-year inspection and investment programme. EDF also said the plant will move into the defuelling phase no later than 7 January 2022. This is subject to a further inspection in the spring of 2021 and then regulatory approval for a final six months of operation.

Corporate 27 August 2020


Iowa reactor to remain offline until closure date

Iowa reactor to remain offline until closure date

NextEra Energy Resources has said it is not feasible to repair storm damage to cooling towers at the Duane Arnold Energy Center ahead of its scheduled permanent closure on 30 October. The single-unit plant has been offline since the storm on 10 August.

Corporate 26 August 2020


UK invites comment on decommissioning strategy

UK invites comment on decommissioning strategy

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has launched a public consultation on its Draft Strategy, Cleaning up the UK's earliest nuclear sites, caring for people and the environment. Its strategy is a requirement of the Energy Act, covers 100+ years, is published every five years and includes a public consultation period of 12 weeks. The latest consultation ends on 8 November.

Waste & Recycling 21 August 2020


First-of-a-kind US waste treatment facility authorised for operations

First-of-a-kind US waste treatment facility authorised for operations

The US Department of Energy has authorised the start of 'hot' or radioactive operations at the Salt Waste Processing Facility at its Savannah River Site. The first-of-a-kind facility will process 31 million gallons (117 million litres) of radioactive salt waste currently stored in underground tanks at the South Carolina location.

Waste & Recycling 20 August 2020


New detection technology to help decommissioning

New detection technology to help decommissioning

Jacobs and IS Instruments have designed a new type of Raman spectroscopy technology to detect radioactive contamination or other hazardous substances in waste stores and nuclear facilities undergoing decommissioning.

Waste & Recycling 11 August 2020


Final used fuel transfer marks SONGS decommissioning milestone

Final used fuel transfer marks SONGS decommissioning milestone

The final canister of used fuel from the shut-down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has now been transferred into dry storage, marking a milestone for the decommissioning of the California site.

Waste & Recycling 11 August 2020


Russia establishes RBMK decommissioning technology centre

Russia establishes RBMK decommissioning technology centre

Rosenergoatom, the operator subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, is establishing a new experimental and demonstration engineering centre for the decommissioning of RBMK reactors. The new centre will be based at the Leningrad plant site in the Leningrad region of Russia, with a branch at the Beloyarsk plant in the Sverdlovsk region.

Waste & Recycling 23 July 2020


OPG launches centre to support sustainable decommissioning

OPG launches centre to support sustainable decommissioning

Ontario Power Generation has launched the Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability to support preparations for the decommissioning of the Pickering nuclear power plant. The regional hub will integrate collaboration and research to strengthen Ontario's supply chain for nuclear decommissioning.

Waste & Recycling 23 July 2020