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US awards multiple decommissioning contracts for legacy sites

US awards multiple decommissioning contracts for legacy sites

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) has awarded multiple contracts to provide nationwide deactivation, decommissioning and removal services at "excess" facilities across the EM complex.

Waste & Recycling 07 July 2020


OPG terminates environmental assessment process for repository

OPG terminates environmental assessment process for repository

Ontario Power Generation has formally withdrawn its site preparation and construction licence application for a deep geologic repository for low and intermediate-level waste at the Bruce nuclear site. It has also terminated the federal environmental assessment process for the repository.

Waste & Recycling 29 June 2020


Dismantling of French research reactor completed

Dismantling of French research reactor completed

The dismantling of the Ulysse experimental reactor at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission's Saclay site near Paris has been completed. The low-power reactor, which was shut down in 2007, was mainly operated for teaching and continuing education purposes by the National Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology.

Waste & Recycling 23 June 2020


Isotek, DOE sign legacy waste contract modification

Isotek, DOE sign legacy waste contract modification

SNC-Lavalin's Isotek Systems, LLC business and the US Department of Energy have signed a USD254 million contract modification to perform processing operations to dispose of uranium-233 material up until 2024 on the Uranium-233 Disposition Project at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. This contract modification, SNC-Lavalin said, is aligned with the company's new strategy to move towards engineering services and greater growth.

Waste & Recycling 22 June 2020


Holtec now able to progress Pilgrim decommissioning

Holtec now able to progress Pilgrim decommissioning

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Holtec International have signed an agreement on key issues related to the decommissioning of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, including a guarantee by Holtec to ensure funds are available to cover future cost increases and other contingencies.

Waste & Recycling 18 June 2020


Holtec deploys robotic welder

Holtec deploys robotic welder

Holtec International has deployed the first industrial robot developed under a programme it launched in 2019: a portable robotic welder, which is used to weld lids to multi-purpose canisters. Using a robot drastically reduces the dose to the loading crew during such operations.

Waste & Recycling 15 June 2020


Belgian regulator supports geological disposal for high-level waste

Belgian regulator supports geological disposal for high-level waste

Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control says it is in favour of a proposal for the disposal of high-level and/or long-lived radioactive waste in a geological repository. The draft proposal was developed by Ondraf/Niras, the Belgian agency for the management of radioactive waste, and was submitted to the public and various government services, including the FANC, for consultation between 15 April and 13 June.

Waste & Recycling 15 June 2020


Tepco completes survey of Fukushima Daiichi 2 fuel pool

Tepco completes survey of Fukushima Daiichi 2 fuel pool

There are no obstacles to the removal of assemblies from the used fuel storage pool of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company said today after completing an initial survey of the pool. Removal of the assemblies is scheduled to begin fiscal year 2024.

Waste & Recycling 11 June 2020


Fortum contracted for Swedish plant dismantling work

Fortum contracted for Swedish plant dismantling work

Finnish utility Fortum and Uniper Sweden have agreed to collaborate on the dismantling of major systems and components at the Oskarshamn and Barseb├Ąck nuclear power plants in Sweden. Fortum was awarded the contract by Uniper Sweden - a Fortum subsidiary - in a competitive bidding process.

Waste & Recycling 09 June 2020


DOE amends UF6 sale agreement, outlines disposal plans

DOE amends UF6 sale agreement, outlines disposal plans

GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment and the US Department of Energy have signed an amendment to their agreement on the sale of depleted uranium hexafluoride inventories underpinning plans for a commercial laser enrichment facility at Paducah in Kentucky. Separately, the DOE has formalised how it plans to dispose of any waste depleted uranium oxides from its former gaseous diffusion enrichment plants.

Waste & Recycling 08 June 2020