‘Public are clued up about nuclear waste’

Public knowledge about the way the UK manages it radioactive waste is at its highest point on record. That’s according to the latest BEIS Public Attitude Tracker (PAT), which is now on its 24th wave of finding out what the public think about a variety of energy issues. The survey of 2,078 households across the […]

UK seeks views on disposal of radioactive waste

The UK Government is seeking views from local communities on a permanent solution for the disposal of the nation’s radioactive waste. A Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) secures waste at least 200 metres underground, made up of multiple layers of materials such as steel, rock and clay to provide protection. The construction of a GDF would […]

Amec Foster Wheeler secures £4m nuclear waste contracts

Amec Foster Wheeler has secured two contracts worth £4 million from the firm that manages the UK’s lower level radioactive waste. LLW Repository operates the UK’s Low Level Waste Repository in West Cumbria on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and also oversees the management of lower activity waste throughout the country. Amec Foster Wheeler […]

EU approves German public fund for manging radioactive waste

The European Commission has approved Germany’s plans to create a new public fund to manage radioactive waste. Germany intends to take over the liabilities relating to the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel from nuclear power plant operators. They would have to pay around €24 billion (£21bn) in return, which would be secured in […]

Tunnel holding radioactive waste partially collapses in Washington

A portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars filled with radioactive waste in Washington collapsed yesterday. It is located next to the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility (PUREX) at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Officials however detected no release of radiation and no workers were injured, according to the US Department of Energy’s Hanford Joint Information […]

MOD picks Capenhurst to store nuclear submarine waste

Radioactive waste from decommissioned Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarines will be stored in Cheshire. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced Capenhurst Nuclear Services will be responsible for storing the Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPVs), classified as Intermediate Level radioactive Waste (ILW). RPVs are thick steel containers that held nuclear fuel when the reactor was in operation. The […]

NDA: Breakthrough in nuclear waste storage could save millions

The cost of building facilities to store radioactive nuclear waste could be cut by “hundreds of millions of pounds”. New research, which studied intermediate level waste (ILW) at one of Sellafield power station’s stores, found “previously unknown information about the material’s long term behaviour”. According to scientists, a 22-step mechanical treatment and process was thought […]

UK firm picked for Japan’s nuclear waste study

A UK engineering and project management company has been appointed by Japan to carry out a major nuclear clean-up study. Amec Foster Wheeler will assist the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF) to develop a long-term strategy to manage radioactive waste at the Fukushima Daiichi power station. The team will design case studies […]

UK consults on nuclear waste facility

A consultation on working with communities in siting a nuclear waste facility in the UK has been launched. The government is inviting views from a range of sources including academia, the nuclear sector and other industries from experience of major infrastructure projects as well as community sectors. They do not need to be limited to […]

Does the UK need the nuclear waste committee?

A review of the committee that provides independent advice to the UK Government on the long-term management of radioactive waste has been announced. It is the second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), part of the government’s commitment to ensuring non-departmental public bodies “continue to have regular independent challenge”. The CoRWM […]