Could AI robots soon inspect radioactive nuclear sites?

Computer scientists are developing a dedicated bimanual robot arm which will be mounted on a mobile platform

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 […]

Sellafield Ltd combs beaches for radioactive junk

Sellafield Ltd found nearly 3,000 radioactive objects on the beaches surrounding the decommissioning facility between 2006 and 2016. It monitored a total beach area of almost 1,900 hectares, to make sure discharges of radioactive waste from nuclear sites are being properly controlled and their effects on people and the environment are minimised. A vehicle-mounted detector […]

Removal of last fuel elements from Scottish reactor

Work is underway to remove the remaining radioactive fuel elements that have been stuck for decades inside the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR). The experimental dome-shaped nuclear reactor in Scotland once led the world in fast breeder technology and after its closure in 1977, most of the core fuel was removed. However, work came to a […]

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. […]

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 […]

New deal to clean UK’s nuclear wastewater

Veolia’s nuclear solutions business will help clean wastewater at four nuclear sites in the UK. Its subsidiary, Kurion, will deliver the effluent treatment systems under a new contract with nuclear operator Magnox. It will design, build and install the Modular Active Effluent Treatment Plant (MAETP) systems at the Chapelcross, Hinkley Point A, Oldbury and Dungeness A sites. The technology […]

US university finds radioactive contaminants in coal ash

A study from a university in the US has found radioactive contaminants in coal ash. The research led by Duke University discovered them in three coal-producing basins in the country. They revealed levels of radioactivity in the ash were up to five times higher than in normal soil and up to 10 times higher than […]

£1m a year for community nuclear waste discussion

Councils could be paid £1 million every year for up to five years just to consider having a facility to store nuclear waste in their area, it has been announced. If the community accepts exploratory drilling, which would take around five to 15 years, they could get up to £2.5 million a year but the […]

Japan’s ‘homeless recruited for Fukushima nuclear clean-up’

Homeless men in Japan are reportedly being recruited to clean up the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. A massive earthquake and tsunami in the nation’s northeast coast set off multiple meltdowns at the nuclear plant almost three years ago. The Japanese Government pledged 47 billion yen (£0.3bn) towards cleaning up the power plant in September […]