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Canadian partnership to explore nuclear fuel recycling

Canadian partnership to explore nuclear fuel recycling

Ontario Power Generation's Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability and Moltex Energy are to collaborate on a project to demonstrate the technical viability of recycling used fuel from Candu reactors. OPG is providing CAD1 million (USD800,000) in funding for the project.

Waste & Recycling 31 March 2021


Sizewell C Consortium signs MoU on investment potential

Sizewell C Consortium signs MoU on investment potential

The proposed Sizewell C nuclear power project could lead to an investment of GBP4.4 billion (USD6.0 billion) in the East of England, according to a Memorandum of Understanding announced today by the Sizewell C Consortium, which represents more than 200 UK-based companies and organisations.

Waste & Recycling 24 March 2021


SCE plans relocation of  San Onofre used fuel

SCE plans relocation of  San Onofre used fuel

Southern California Edison has released a three-part strategic plan for the relocation of used nuclear fuel from the shut-down San Onofre plant. The company has also launched a stakeholder coalition with two local counties to advocate for and encourage federal government action to deal with used fuel currently stored at San Onofre and other US nuclear sites.

Waste & Recycling 17 March 2021


New Belgian and Dutch waste storage facilities planned

New Belgian and Dutch waste storage facilities planned

Construction of a new facility for the storage of low-level radioactive waste has begun at the Dessel site in Belgium. Meanwhile, a new storage facility for low and intermediate-level waste is planned at the Netherlands' centralised radioactive waste processing and storage facility.

Waste & Recycling 05 March 2021


Fukushima Daiichi 3 fuel removal completed

Fukushima Daiichi 3 fuel removal completed

The process of removing all 566 fuel assemblies from the storage pool of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was completed yesterday, Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced. Fuel assemblies have already been removed from the pool at unit 4, but such work has yet to start at units 1 and 2.

Waste & Recycling 01 March 2021


Construction of test disposal tunnel under way at Onkalo

Construction of test disposal tunnel under way at Onkalo

​Finnish radioactive waste management company Posiva Oy has announced  that work to excavate a final disposal tunnel has started at the Onkalo underground characterisation facility near Olkiluoto. The tunnel is for the 'joint functional test', which involves small-scale final disposal under actual conditions, and is part of commissioning the geological repository. The joint functional test can be used to demonstrate that the processes and procedures related to final disposal are in order and, only then, can the disposal facility be granted an operating licence.

Waste & Recycling 01 March 2021


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


US DOE gets go-ahead to build and test railcar

US DOE gets go-ahead to build and test railcar

The US Department of Energy has been given approval by the Association of American Railroads to begin building and testing the Fortis specialised railcar for the transportation of used nuclear fuel. Fortis is one of two railcars being developed by DOE and could be operational within the next five years.

Waste & Recycling 12 February 2021


Orano completes ageing inspections at US dry storage facilities

Orano completes ageing inspections at US dry storage facilities

Orano NPS has found no corrosion concerns or precursor indications of stress corrosion cracking in 20-year-old stainless steel canisters in use at three US dry storage facilities for used nuclear fuel. Regulatory inspections of the canisters, all of which were loaded into their horizontal, above-ground NUHOMS storage modules more than 20 years ago, were carried out as part of an ageing management programme to verify the NUHOMS system is performing as designed.

Waste & Recycling 11 February 2021


Estonia's geology suitable for deep borehole repository

Estonia's geology suitable for deep borehole repository

There are no fundamental geologic limitations to disposing of radioactive waste in deep horizontal boreholes in Estonia, a study conducted by US nuclear waste disposal company Deep Isolation on behalf of Fermi Energia has concluded. Such a repository could be used for the disposal of used fuel from small modular reactors proposed for deployment by the Estonian company. Fermi Energia is the first European company to contract with Deep Isolation on a preliminary geologic study to manage advanced reactor waste.

Waste & Recycling 01 February 2021