MPs launch inquiry into nuclear waste disposal

They will examine the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure’s objective and scope of the guidance for those considering applications

Wood Group wins French nuclear decommissioning work

An engineering and technical services firm has been awarded a waste recovery contract by the French Government’s nuclear agency. Wood Group will work to recover and package low-level radioactive waste from a storage silo at a major nuclear site in France at the request of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). It […]

World’s oldest nuclear waste store cut open

  The world’s oldest nuclear waste store has been cut open for the first time. Experts at the Sellafield site in Cumbria have cut the first hole in the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS), a locked vault which was never designed to be opened – which holds radioactive material dating from the 1950s. It is […]

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. […]

Underwater robot finds nuclear waste in Fukushima

An underwater robot has revealed what is thought to be a pile of melted nuclear fuel inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima power plant in Japan. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said it was the first time it has been able to see inside certain areas of the plant since it was […]

Russian nuclear waste enters cleanup process

The first shipment of spent nuclear fuel has left Russia’s Andreeva Bay on its journey to being reprocessed. Under an international initiative financed by the Nuclear Window of the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP), more than 22,000 spent nuclear fuel assemblies currently stored in the area will be removed from the site. The Nuclear Window […]

Radioactive waste cleared from Bradwell nuclear plant

All of the Fuel Element Debris (FED) waste from the former Bradwell nuclear power station has now been cleared. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) says the clearing of the intermediate level radioactive waste from the Essex site is an important step towards the site’s planned clean-up and final closure. A range of innovative techniques were used […]

Bacteria love the taste of nuclear waste!

Certain bacteria could live off nuclear waste and in the process of doing so, make it safer to store. That’s according to researchers at the University of Manchester, who have shown certain microbes can make use of radioactive particles such as uranium and neptunium in place of oxygen. In doing so, they convert these dangerous […]

EDF buys nuclear waste treatment sites in UK, Sweden

EDF is to buy nuclear waste treatment facilities in the UK and Sweden. Swedish company Studsvik has signed an agreement to divest its waste operations in both nations. The business provides services to nuclear and other customers generating low level radioactive waste, which is either recycled or volume reduced and returned to the customer for […]

£1.5m awarded for nuclear waste disposal research

Funding worth £1.5 million has been awarded for research into the disposal of nuclear waste. The University of Sheffield will investigate the durability of spent nuclear fuel. Dr Claire Corkhill will build a model and chemistry of the radioactive waste material and assess its long term stability under simulated geological disposal conditions. Over 60 years […]