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Neutron drought warning
30 November, 1999

MINATOM claims millennium compliance
30 November, 1999

Using risk as an inspection tool
30 September, 1999
Recollection reveals that in practice, assessing risk has always been an important part of maintenance planning. Now, in both Europe and the USA, risk-based in-service inspection is being formalised and converted into a useful tool.

British Energy challenges leaked safety report
27 August, 1999

Rokkasho-Mura: from plans to reality
27 August, 1999
The final destination of vitrified high level waste shipped to Japan from Europe is Rokkasho-Mura in Aomori, which has been called Japan’s “nuclear prefecture”. Besides the HLW storage facility at Rokkasho-Mura, JNFL (Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd) operates a uranium enrichment plant, low-level radioactive waste disposal centre and a vitrified high level waste storage facility, and is constructing a reprocessing plant scheduled for completion in 2003.

Enrichment in a world of privatisation
27 August, 1999
The last year has been dominated by the post-privatisation restructuring of USEC, including the termination of AVLIS, and the continuing debate on what to do with surplus weapons grade material. As in the nuclear industry in general, enrichment industry consolidation is likely in future.

Setting out a UK disposal strategy: no time to lose
30 June, 1999
Concerned by a lack of a clear national policy on dealing with radioactive waste, a committee of the UK House of Lords published a report, “Management of Nuclear Waste” which proposed a number of actions. The committee favours a process of “phased geological disposal” – involving surface storage, followed by retrievable and monitored geological emplacement, and finally back-sealing when judged safe to do so. But before a decision can be made, a full public and parliamentary debate is deemed essential. And should there be a renewed demand for nuclear power, a disposal strategy must be in place. In that case, there is no time to lose.

Addressing the legacy
30 June, 1999
A consensus conference, an innovative attempt to involve the public in the debate on nuclear waste, took place in London in May. The results suggest the problems are not too difficult for the public to understand.

Getting back on track
28 May, 1999
Restarting transports of spent fuel from Germany to the United Kingdom. BNFL Transport provides an industry perspective.

Moscow targets waste market
28 May, 1999

MINATOM may accept Swiss and German spent fuel
07 February, 1999

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