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 […]

Finland to build nuclear waste facility

A nuclear fuel disposal facility is to be built in Finland. The country’s government has given the green light for the construction of the site in the island of Olkiluoto from 2020. Around 6,500 tonnes of uranium will be stored in a depth of around 400 metres. Nuclear waste management company Posiva has been selected […]

EU approves UK’s nuclear waste transfer plan

The European Commission has approved the UK Government’s pricing plan for nuclear waste transfer contracts. It establishes the price new nuclear plant operators will have to pay for the underground disposal of spent fuel, with the aim of ensuring taxpayers won’t have to pay the costs. The UK Government intends to build a geological facility […]