Nuclear experts and academics tackle radioactive waste challenges

A new research programme is supporting 40 projects lasting up to four years each

UK and Japanese nuclear agencies team up to share expertise

They have signed an agreement to build on the collaborative relationship to allow exchange of skills, knowledge, research, information and technology

UK consults on radioactive nuclear waste management strategy

It applies to 17 sites owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) across the country

BEIS appoints new chair to Committee for Radioactive Waste Management

Sir Nigel Thrift is dubbed as one of the world’s leading human geographers

‘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 […]