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Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) announced it has...
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IAEA coordinates South American project to remove radioactive sources
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has helped remove 27 disused highly radioactive sources from five South American countries in the largest such project it has...
Hanford vitrification plant faces criticism
Federal investigators with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said problems, first identified six years ago, continue to affect the Hanford vitrification plant
Waste container erupts at US Idaho site
The US Department of Energy (DOE) said on 12 April that a 55-gallon (208-litre) barrel of radioactive waste had ruptured the previous day at site that includes the Idaho...
Mayak to defuel old Beloyarsk reactors
Russia’s Production Association Mayak (part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom) has begun the planned removal of used nuclear fuel from two decommissioned AMB reactor units at...
Loose bolt causes minor delay in fuel transfer at San Onfre
The US works crews transferring used fuel at Edison’s San Onofre nuclear station from cooling pools into dry storage discovered a loose bolt inside one of the canisters on 5...
Orano and WCS to set up Texas waste facility
Orano USA and US Waste Control Specialists (WCS) are to set up a joint venture to license a consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for used nuclear fuel in Andrews County, Texas.
US funding for Ukraine used fuel store
The US government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has overseen a "political risk insurance contract" for Ukraine’s Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) to be...
No decision on Swedish repository this year
After receiving differing assessments on Sweden’s planned used fuel repository from the Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) and the Land and Environment Court in Stockholm, Environment...
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.