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NWMO secures more land for repository studies

NWMO secures more land for repository studies

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation has shared a map showing the potential deep geological repository site in South Bruce, Ontario. The organisation has now secured just over 1500 acres (600 hectares) of land to conduct its studies.

Waste & Recycling 16 October 2020


Swedish municipality gives approval for fuel repository

Swedish municipality gives approval for fuel repository

In what Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB describes as a "historic decision", the municipal council of Östhammar yesterday voted in favour of its planned repository for used nuclear fuel at Forsmark. The final decision to authorise the project will now be made by the Swedish government.

Waste & Recycling 14 October 2020


Clean-up of US enrichment complex is completed

Clean-up of US enrichment complex is completed

A decades-long effort to clean and transform the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant has been completed, marking the first-ever removal of a uranium enrichment complex, the US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management has announced. The site in Tennessee has been transformed into a multi-use industrial park.

Waste & Recycling 14 October 2020


Germany lists potential radwaste storage sites

Germany lists potential radwaste storage sites

Germany has published a list of potential storage sites for radioactive waste. The list, from waste management organisation Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung, follows parliament's approval three years ago for a science-based search for a site. It identifies 90 areas covering 54% of the country's surface area as potentially geologically suitable.

Waste & Recycling 29 September 2020


Canadian project to focus on recycling of heavy water

Canadian project to focus on recycling of heavy water

Ontario Power Generation's Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability has announced a collaboration agreement between Laurentis Energy Partners and BWXT Canada to develop technology that will assist in the recycling of heavy water at OPG's nuclear facilities. Canada's Candu pressurised heavy water reactors use unenriched, or "natural", uranium oxide fuel and heavy water as both the moderator to slow down neutrons in the reactor's core and as the reactor coolant.

Waste & Recycling 21 September 2020


Mühleberg plant enters permanent decommissioning stage

Mühleberg plant enters permanent decommissioning stage

The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate has announced that the operating licence of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant has been replaced with a decommissioning order issued by the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication. The single unit 373 MWe boiling water reactor began operations in 1972.

Waste & Recycling 18 September 2020


Senate inquiry recommends passing of Australian waste bill

Senate inquiry recommends passing of Australian waste bill

An Australian Senate committee has recommended that Parliament pass legislation that would make Napandee in South Australia the site for a low and medium-level nuclear waste facility. The Senate Standing Committee on Economics issued its final report on the provisions of the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 on 14 September.

Waste & Recycling 17 September 2020


Chernobyl used fuel store gains permit for commissioning

Chernobyl used fuel store gains permit for commissioning

The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has issued a permit to SSE Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to start commissioning work at the Chernobyl Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility, which upon loading will be the world's largest dry storage installation.

Waste & Recycling 09 September 2020


Finnish disposal facility contracts grow

Finnish disposal facility contracts grow

Finnish waste management company Posiva announced it signed a "significant" building services agreement at the end of August related to the construction of the used fuel encapsulation plant and repository at the Olkiluoto site. The signing of the latest agreement follows that of a contract last year with the same consortium.

Waste & Recycling 08 September 2020


Work starts on WIPP's biggest ventilation shaft

Work starts on WIPP's biggest ventilation shaft

Excavation work has begun for a new ventilation shaft at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, USA. The start of work on the USD75 million shaft, which is integral to increasing ventilation to the WIPP underground, is a top priority project in the US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management's plans for this year.

Waste & Recycling 03 September 2020