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NWMO on track to start first borehole at South Bruce

NWMO on track to start first borehole at South Bruce

Construction has been completed at the first of two sites in South Bruce, Ontario, ahead of the start of borehole drilling, Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation has announced. The boreholes are part of the organisation's investigations into the suitability of the site for a geologic repository for used nuclear fuel.

Waste & Recycling 14 January 2021


The real challenges to nuclear are external, says panel

The real challenges to nuclear are external, says panel

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Energy & Environment 14 January 2021


European organisation launched for cooperation in waste disposal

European organisation launched for cooperation in waste disposal

The European Repository Development Organisation was launched yesterday by Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, with other countries expected to join soon. It aims for member countries to work together to address the common challenges of safely managing long-lived radioactive wastes, including establishing shared multinational geological repositories.

Waste & Recycling 08 January 2021


Czech Republic shortlists geological repository sites

Czech Republic shortlists geological repository sites

The Czech Cabinet has approved a shortlist of four potential sites for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive nuclear waste. The government also approved a new schedule calling for the site to be selected by 2030, five years later than originally planned. The repository is expected to be operational by 2065.

Waste & Recycling 22 December 2020


Ukraine loads more RBMK fuel into Interim Storage Facility

Ukraine loads more RBMK fuel into Interim Storage Facility

Holtec International has announced that the second double-walled canister had been loaded with RBMK reactor used nuclear fuel into the Chernobyl nuclear power plant site’s Interim Storage Facility in Ukraine yesterday.

Waste & Recycling 15 December 2020


China commissions first used fuel transport ship

China commissions first used fuel transport ship

China's first ship for the transport of used nuclear fuel has been delivered to China National Nuclear Corporation. The independently produced double-hulled vessel meets the INF-3 (Irradiated Nuclear Fuel class 3) standards set by the International Maritime Organisation.

Waste & Recycling 10 December 2020


Preparations begin for Canadian borehole

Preparations begin for Canadian borehole

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation has begun preparations for the drilling of two boreholes in the South Bruce area prior to site selection for a deep geological repository for the country's used nuclear fuel. The first borehole will be drilled in Spring 2021.

Waste & Recycling 01 December 2020


Grossi impressed by Finnish used fuel repository

Grossi impressed by Finnish used fuel repository

"Onkalo is a game changer for the long-term sustainability of nuclear energy," International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said yesterday, referring to the world’s first-ever deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel that is under construction in Olkiluoto, Finland.

Waste & Recycling 27 November 2020


Deep Isolation secures funding, launches Estonian study

Deep Isolation secures funding, launches Estonian study

Nuclear waste disposal company Deep Isolation's raising of USD20 million in funding shows that "socially responsible investors" are willing to support the company's mission to become an integral part of a low-carbon future, the company's CEO has said. Separately, Deep Isolation EMEA has announced it is collaborating with Fermi Energia on a preliminary study into using Deep Isolation's horizontal deep borehole solution in Estonia.

Waste & Recycling 20 November 2020


First assemblies loaded into new Chernobyl used fuel store

First assemblies loaded into new Chernobyl used fuel store

The first canister of used nuclear fuel was yesterday loaded into the Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. ISF-2 is the largest dry-type used fuel storage facility in the world and has an operating life of at least 100 years.

Waste & Recycling 19 November 2020