UK okays management of overseas-owned plutonium

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has been given the go-ahead to take ownership of some plutonium outside the UK. The transfers exchange ownership of plutonium between two countries, removing the need to physically move it. DECC has agreed to the NDA taking ownership of around 800kg of material previously owned by a Swedish utility and […]

UK to gain more control of civil plutonium

The UK’s nuclear authority is to conduct a series of plutonium swaps and transfers in a bid to allow the nation to gain more control of the chemical element. The Department of Energy and Climate Change said the transactions will offer a cost-effective and beneficial arrangement and avoid the need to physically transport plutonium – […]

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 […]

UK "short-sighted" on nuclear policies

The UK government’s strategy for nuclear power has been damned as “short-sighted” by the Royal Society. Researchers at the scientific academy said in a recent report that the Government needs to plan how the UK’s spent nuclear fuel is used, rather than treat it as an “afterthought”. The UK is embarking on a programme of […]

MP presses Minister on future of Sellafield nuclear

Thousands of jobs hang on the Government’s decision over the future of the Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, claims Jamie Reed, Member of Parliament for Copeland. In a Commons debate this week the MP pressed Energy Minister Charles Hendry for positive news about the Sellafield facility in Cumbria. In August, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announced […]

UK nuclear plant closing

The mixed-oxide reprocessing plant at Sellafield in North England is set to close at a cost of 600 jobs. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, who runs the plant, has said the plant no longer has custom following the tsunami in Japan, earlier this year. Sellafield have said they are disappointed that the NDA decided to close […]