‘Sellafield cleanup could overspend by £913m’

The National Audit Office says the site is still facing continued delays

Share of £3m on offer for nuclear clean-up innovators

A £3 million competition for bright ideas to clean up old nuclear power stations has been launched. Run by Innovate UK and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the initiative is initially focused on closing down the ageing Sellafield facility in Cumbria but winning ideas could be used to decommission other nuclear sites in the future. […]

UK nuclear authority takes ownership of German plutonium

A new deal by the UK’s nuclear authority is expected to enhance international nuclear security and boost the country’s economy. DECC announced the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has taken ownership of some German plutonium, which is a chemical element used in most nuclear plants to produce energy. The new deal means the NDA will convert […]

Government lays down the law on future nuclear generators

The Secretary of State for Energy has promised to learn the lessons of previous Governments who failed to effectively deal with the UK’s nuclear legacy. Mr Davey said DECC would ensure new nuclear does not fall into the pitfalls of the past and operators would have to cover the costs of their waste and decommissioning. […]

GE approach Sellafield over plutonium recycling

GE Hitachi has reportedly approached Sellafield about building a new reactor in which to convert waste plutonium into electricity. Currently the Government spends around £2 billion a year managing the nuclear waste. GE Hitachi’s Danny Roderick is reported to have said the proposed 600MW plant could recycle the existing stockpile in five years: “We could […]

Nuclear safety report will keep UK regulations "robust"

he final safety report on the lessons to be learnt from Fukushima in the UK will keep the country’s regulations “robust”. This is the view of Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, who welcomed the Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations’ findings. Praising the hard work of Dr. Weightman and his team in a written ministerial statement today, […]

Sellafield starts decommissioning risky fuel pond

Nuclear fuel has been extracted from a Pile Fuel Storage Pond, the world’s largest, at Sellafield yesterday. The programme is five years ahead of schedule and is seen by some as a statement of intent for Sellafield’s decommissioning plans. Jim French, Nuclear Management Partners’ Executive Decommissioning Director said: “Our original timescale was to start retrieving […]

NDA chief on quango rich list

The chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Tony Fountain earns up to £369,999 a year. Mr Fountain is one of eight NDA staff on a list published today by the government which reveals the six-figure salaries of quango workers. Mr Fountain’s salary is £25,000 less than the highest sum on the list, the £394,999 […]