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Holtec set to ramp up HI-STAR cask production

Holtec set to ramp up HI-STAR cask production

Holtec is preparing to increase production of its HI-STAR casks, following the receipt of regulatory approvals and new orders in Europe. The first HI-STAR 150 was loaded at the Cofrentes nuclear power plant in Spain and placed into the storage facility on 23 June. This is Holtec's first dual-purpose metal cask loaded in Europe.

Waste & Recycling 13 July 2021


GE Hitachi applies for used fuel storage facility licence renewal

GE Hitachi applies for used fuel storage facility licence renewal

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing an application by GE Hitachi to renew its licence to possess, transfer and store radioactive material at the Morris Operation, an ISFSI (independent spent fuel storage installation). The renewed license would authorise GEH to continue to store radioactive material for an additional 20 years.

Regulation & Safety 06 July 2021


China produces its first used fuel transport cask

China produces its first used fuel transport cask

China has manufactured its first domestically-designed 100-tonne used fuel transportation cask. China National Nuclear Corporation said batch production of the Longzhou-CNSC cask - which can hold 21 used fuel assemblies - will further consolidate its used fuel transportation capabilities.

Waste & Recycling 02 July 2021


Swedish government must consider applications in parallel, says SKB

Swedish government must consider applications in parallel, says SKB

Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB (SKB) has urged the Swedish government to make a decision on its application for a used fuel encapsulation plant and final repository in combination with that for an expansion of its existing repository for low and intermediate-level waste. On 20 June, the government asked the radioactive waste management company how it intends to separate the application for the final repository.

Waste & Recycling 22 June 2021


IAEA commends JAEA's back-end programme

IAEA commends JAEA's back-end programme

The 70-year decommissioning programme of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, including long-term management of residual waste, provides a good basis for future effective implementation, an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts has concluded. The team made several recommendations to support JAEA in increasing the effectiveness of its decommissioning activities, including in the area of waste disposal.

Waste & Recycling 22 June 2021


China starts building underground lab

China starts building underground lab

Construction of the Beishan Underground Research Laboratory has begun near Jiuquan City in China's Gansu province, the China Atomic Energy Authority has announced. The laboratory - which will be situated in granite up to 560 metres below ground level in the Gobi desert - will be used to test the suitability of the area for the long-term storage of the high-level radioactive waste.

Waste & Recycling 21 June 2021


NEA proposes new approach to back-end funding

NEA proposes new approach to back-end funding

The current approaches to assessing financial adequacy for decommissioning and radioactive waste management - which are based on the linear discounting of estimated future costs - should be complemented with a broader "circular" approach, a new OECD Nuclear Energy Agency report proposes. This approach, it says, reflects that changes of different kinds will play out between today's decisions and future funding needs.

Waste & Recycling 18 June 2021


Idaho waste site receives final shipment

Idaho waste site receives final shipment

The largest waste disposal site at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory has received its final shipment of radioactive waste, meaning work can now begin on the closure of the facility. Separately, the DOE Office of Environmental Management has announced the award of a USD6.4 billion cleanup contract for INL's site near Idaho Falls.

Waste & Recycling 28 May 2021


Permit issued for Chernobyl used fuel transfer

Permit issued for Chernobyl used fuel transfer

Ukraine's nuclear regulator has issued a permit to SSE Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant for the retrieval of undamaged used nuclear fuel from the ISF-1 interim used fuel wet storage facility. The fuel will be moved into the new ISF-2 dry storage facility. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has also issued a licence for the operation of the Liquid Radioactive Waste Treatment Plant at the Chernobyl site.

Waste & Recycling 26 May 2021


US fund for reducing waste from advanced reactors

US fund for reducing waste from advanced reactors

The US Department of Energy yesterday announced up to USD40 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy programme that will limit the amount of waste produced from advanced nuclear reactors. Reducing such waste, it says, will help in the development and commercialisation of such reactors.

Waste & Recycling 20 May 2021