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Brazil's Angra plant receives first fuel store modules

Brazil's Angra plant receives first fuel store modules

Holtec International delivered the first five of 15 modules for an on-site used fuel dry storage facility to Brazil's Angra nuclear power plant last week. The new storage facility, set to be commissioned at the end of this year, will create space in the almost full storage pools of units 1 and 2, allowing their continued operation.

Waste & Recycling 06 April 2020


Canada's NWMO outlines repository plans

Canada's NWMO outlines repository plans

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation says it remains on track to select a single, preferred site by 2023 for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel. The organisation has released its latest Triennial Report, including for the first time a strategic plan beyond site selection.

Waste & Recycling 27 March 2020


Sellafield starts controlled shutdown of Magnox facility

Sellafield starts controlled shutdown of Magnox facility

Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, Sellafield Ltd says it has taken some precautionary actions at its site in north-west England, including the controlled shutdown of the Magnox Reprocessing Plant. The reprocessing plant is approaching its 60th year and is a complex chemical facility designed to process and separate plutonium and uranium.

Covid-19 23 March 2020


US regulators issue draft EIS on used fuel facility

US regulators issue draft EIS on used fuel facility

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a draft environmental impact statement for Holtec International's proposed consolidated HI-STORE interim storage facility and made a preliminary recommendation that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude it from issuing a licence for environmental reasons. Holtec proposes initially to store 500 canisters holding around 8680 tonnes of used nuclear fuel at the New Mexico site.

Waste & Recycling 12 March 2020


Russia, Spain to cooperate in decommissioning

Russia, Spain to cooperate in decommissioning

Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Spanish engineering firms ENUSA, ENSA and IDOM on cooperation in the decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear facilities, as well as in nuclear waste management and related engineering and consulting services. They have also signed a roadmap for the development of various projects in the near term.

Waste & Recycling 26 February 2020


UK sets out siting factors for geological radwaste disposal

UK sets out siting factors for geological radwaste disposal

Radioactive Waste Management Limited, the company tasked with developing a Geological Disposal Facility in the UK, has set out its approach to GDF site evaluation in England and Wales, following a consultation process. It says that safety, opportunities for communities, and protection of the environment are key considerations as part of its evaluation.

Waste & Recycling 19 February 2020


Norway taps overseas expertise for waste disposal

Norway taps overseas expertise for waste disposal

The Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning agency has signed cooperation agreements with Finland's AINS Group and France's Orano on building a repository for the disposal of used fuel and waste from the decommissioning of Norway's two shutdown research reactors.

Waste & Recycling 10 February 2020


Sweco wins contract for Forsmark disposal facility design

Sweco wins contract for Forsmark disposal facility design

Swedish engineering consultancy company Sweco will prepare the detailed design of the planned used nuclear fuel repository at Forsmark under a contract from waste and fuel management company Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB. In addition, Sweco will supply the detailed design for the extension of the existing final repository for low and intermediate-level radioactive waste, also at Forsmark.

Waste & Recycling 07 February 2020


US cleanup mission set for big advances in 2020

US cleanup mission set for big advances in 2020

This year will be a "milestone" in the USA's cleanup of legacy nuclear sites, including the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, as well as facilities in Idaho, Savannah River and Hanford, a senior US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management officer has told stakeholders. In a separate development, miners at WIPP have completed the "rough cut" of the next area where transuranic waste will be emplaced.

Waste & Recycling 05 February 2020


OPG to explore alternatives to deep geologic repository

OPG to explore alternatives to deep geologic repository

Ontario Power Generation said it remains committed to seeking safe and permanent disposal of nuclear waste after the members of Saugeen Ojibway Nation voted not to support plans for a deep geologic repository for low and intermediate-level waste at the Bruce nuclear site. OPG said in 2013 that it would not build the DGR without the support of the First Nation.

Waste & Recycling 03 February 2020