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Test drilling begins for Canadian repository
Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) on 16 January completed drilling its first 1000m test hole in the Ignace area.
France’s Cigeo repository needs work
The Centre Industriel de Stockage Géologique (Cigéo) deep geologic repository project in Bure, northeastern France, is “technically mature”, but the plans will need additional work...
New melter for vitrification at US Savannah River Site
The first canisters of vitrified radioactive waste have been poured at a new melter at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina.
Three contracts for New Areva
New Areva said on 18 December that it had signed three contracts in recent months totalling nearly €9m ($10.6m) for the treatment and management of radioactive waste at sites belonging...
Licence granted for Lithuanian repository
The Ignalina NPP (INPP) in Lithuania, which is undergoing decommissioning, has been granted a licence by the State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (Vatesi) to construct and operate...
Kozloduy waste plant completed
Spain’s Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción and Belgium’s Belgoprocess have completed a plasma waste treatment facility at the Kozloduy nuclear plant in Bulgaria.
Waste storage begins in Fukushima
On 17 November, Japan began disposal of low-level radioactive waste generated by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.
Winfrith nuclear site licence expected for Tradebe Inutec
UK radioactive waste treatment and disposal services Tradebe Inutec is expected to be confirmed as a Winfrith Nuclear Site Licensee by mid-2018.
European contract for Italy’s Sogin
Italian state-owned decommissioning and waste management company Societa Gestione Impianti Nucleari (Sogin) has signed an eight-year framework contract with the European...
Vitrification melters for Hanford
The assembly of the world's two largest melters to vitrify low-level waste at the US Department of Energy's Hanford Site has been completed ahead of schedule, Hanford announced last week.
Excavation work resumes at WIPP
The mining of salt from the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico is expected to resume shortly, WIPP said in a statement on 17 October.
Licence issued for Lithuanian waste facility
Lithuania's State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (Vatesi) has issued a licence to Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) for the operation of solid radioactive waste treatment and...
Groundwork completed for Finnish encapsulation plant
Finnish nuclear waste management company Posiva Oy has revelaed that the excavations have been completed for the encapsulation plant near Olkiluoto.
Russia completes new fuel cask tests
Russia's Federal Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (FCNRS), nuclear utility Rosenergoatom and the Mayak Production Association have completed the "hot tests" for new design...
Areva launches new used fuel storage system
New Areva announced on 29 September that nuclear logistics subsidiary, Areva TN, is launching the NUHOMS Matrix advanced used nuclear fuel storage system, with improved capacity...
IAEA launches initiative for sealed source management
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 19 September announced an initiative to establish qualified technical centres for the long-term management of disused sealed...
Russia and Japan to co-operate on waste management
On 7 September, during the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, Alexey Likhachev, the Director General of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, and Toshio Kodama,...
Construction of Bulgarian waste repository begins
Bulgaria started on 28 August began construction of a radioactive waste depot for the Kozloduy NPP. Germany-based Nukem Technologies, part of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom...
US waste repository now receives several shipments each week
The US Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in southern New Mexico confirmed on 18 August that is now receiving three to four shipments a week, most of them from the Idaho...