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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


NDA has 'lack of knowledge' of nuclear legacy sites, say MPs

NDA has 'lack of knowledge' of nuclear legacy sites, say MPs

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has a "perpetual lack of knowledge" about the state and location of waste on its 17 sites, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee says in a report published today. The NDA should set out how it will develop a clearer means of reporting publicly on the level of uncertainty and risk across its sites, and how it will prioritise work on its sites in order to decommission them in the safest and most efficient way, the committee said.

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


Japanese high-level waste repository studies begin

Japanese high-level waste repository studies begin

Japan's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation has begun the initial stage of assessing two municipalities in Hokkaido Prefecture for their suitability to host a final disposal facility for high-level radioactive waste. This marks the first time such preliminary surveys have ever been conducted in the country.

Waste & Recycling 18 November 2020


Canada to modernise and integrate nuclear waste management policy

Canada to modernise and integrate nuclear waste management policy

The Canadian government has launched an engagement process to "modernise" the country's radioactive waste policy. At the same time, it has asked the Nuclear Waste Management Organisation to lead a dialogue to develop an integrated strategy for Canada's radioactive waste.

Waste & Recycling 17 November 2020


CNL completes removal of Canadian legacy waste

CNL completes removal of Canadian legacy waste

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has completed the excavation and transfer of historic low-level radioactive waste away from the Lake Ontario shoreline to a new long-term waste management facility. The waste removal marks a milestone for the Port Hope Area Initiative, which CNL is implementing through its Historic Waste Program Management Office on behalf of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

Waste & Recycling 10 November 2020


Priority demolition completed at California legacy site

Priority demolition completed at California legacy site

The last of 10 buildings at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility at the Energy Technology Engineering Center in Ventura County, California have been demolished, accomplishing one of the US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management's priorities for 2020.

Waste & Recycling 06 November 2020


IAEA makes progress on decommissioning reference tool

IAEA makes progress on decommissioning reference tool

Experts from around the world met virtually last week to provide feedback for an International Atomic Energy Agency initiative to catalogue and analyse the status of, and major challenges faced by, decommissioning programmes worldwide. The Global Status of Decommissioning project aims to complete a report by the end of next year.

Waste & Recycling 04 November 2020


Holtec, Hitachi-GE team up for Japanese used fuel management

Holtec, Hitachi-GE team up for Japanese used fuel management

Holtec International's canister-based dry used fuel storage technology is set to be deployed in Japan following its signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy. Holtec said its technology provides an alternative option to the technologies currently used in Japan.

Waste & Recycling 03 November 2020