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Japanese utilities revise MOX utilisation plan

Japanese utilities revise MOX utilisation plan

A revised mixed oxide fuel utilisation plan, based on the latest operational plan for the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant and the MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant, has been released by Japan's Federation of Electric Power Companies. While only four Japanese reactors have so far been restarted using MOX fuel, FEPC envisages at least 12 units running on the fuel by FY2030. FEPC represents the 11 power companies, comprising nine utilities (excluding Okinawa Electric Power), Japan Atomic Power Company and the Electric Power Development Company (J-Power).

Waste & Recycling 26 February 2021


Further two-year delay to Japanese MOX plant

Further two-year delay to Japanese MOX plant

Operation of the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant under construction in Rokkasho, in Aomori Prefecture, is now expected about two years later than previously planned. Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited had aimed to complete its construction in the first half of fiscal 2022 (ending March 2023), but now expects this in the first half of fiscal 2024.

Waste & Recycling 17 December 2020


Regulator approves safety upgrades at Japanese MOX plant

Regulator approves safety upgrades at Japanese MOX plant

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the modification of safety measures at Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited's mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant under construction in Rokkasho, in Aomori Prefecture. Under the current schedule, the facility is expected to be completed between April and September 2022.

Regulation & Safety 09 December 2020


Japanese reprocessing plant delayed by another year

Japanese reprocessing plant delayed by another year

The expected completion of the reprocessing plant at Rokkasho in Japan's Aomori Prefecture has been put back again, to the first-half of FY2022 (ending March 2023), owing to the implementation of safety measures at the plant, including construction of a new cooling tower, Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited has announced.

Waste & Recycling 25 August 2020


ANS calls for US regulatory action on reprocessing

ANS calls for US regulatory action on reprocessing

The American Nuclear Society has called on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to take action on reprocessing and recycling of used nuclear fuel, saying the lack of an efficient, technically robust, and technology-inclusive regulatory foundation is a barrier to innovation, especially for vendors of advanced nuclear reactors.

Waste & Recycling 04 June 2020


Regulator confirms safety of Japanese reprocessing plant

Regulator confirms safety of Japanese reprocessing plant

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority today approved a draft report concluding Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited's reprocessing plant at Rokkasho in Aomori Prefecture meets new safety standards. The approval brings the plant, construction of which began in 1993, closer to starting up.

Regulation & Safety 13 May 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


Study points to Mayak as source of ruthenium release

Study points to Mayak as source of ruthenium release

A used fuel reprocessing plant in the southern Urals region of Russia is the most likely source of a release of the isotope ruthenium-106 detected across Europe in late 2017, a study has concluded. No incident has, however, been reported at the Mayak facility or any other Russian nuclear facility and Rosatom has always maintained this.

Regulation & Safety 30 July 2019


Cover marks milestone for US vitrification plant demolition

Cover marks milestone for US vitrification plant demolition

Installation of a final cover has marked the end of physical work associated with the demolition of a former vitrification plant at the US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management's West Valley Demonstration Project, the only commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant to have operated in the USA.

Waste & Recycling 07 March 2019


Orano prepares Fugen ATR fuel for reprocessing

Orano prepares Fugen ATR fuel for reprocessing

Orano has been contracted to carry out preparatory work for the transport of 731 used fuel assemblies from the Fugen experimental Advanced Thermal Reactor (ATR) in Japan to France for reprocessing.

Waste & Recycling 16 November 2018