Archive for May, 2015

2015 Nuclear Issues Vol 38 No 4 May

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A correction

In last months NI we muddled up the dates in the first item – ‘An uncertain future’. Sizewell B began operating in 1995, so that if the new Hinkley Point station were to start up in the mid 2020s there would be a gap of some 30, not 50 years between the two stations.

This long delay ought still to be a matter of concern, but EDF has said that they will only decide whether to go ...

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May Newsletter No200

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LEARNING EXPENSIVE LESSONS

Two significant reports have been released in recent weeks detailing the technical progress which has been made in dealing with the aftermath of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear reactor accidents. In both cases, progress has been substantial. Politically, however, the two events continue to have an impact on the on-going debate about nuclear energys future in some countries.

I hesitate to use the Newsletter to discuss disasters which seriously damaged the ...

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Magnox Announces Job Cuts At 12 UK Sites

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Between 1,400 and 1,600 jobs are set to be cut across 12 Magnox nuclear sites in the UK up to September 2016 under restructuring plans announced by Magnox Limited.

The company said the mission to safely decommission the Magnox sites has always predicted reducing staff numbers over the coming years. Staff numbers at the 12 sites have been declining as progress is made on decommissioning programmes, a statement said. Magnox Ltd is responsible for decommissioning Magnox reactor sites in England, Scotland ...

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Japan’s NRA To Increase Radiation Limit For Nuclear Workers In Emergencies

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has decided to increase the maximum annual radiation exposure limit for nuclear workers in emergencies to 250 millisieverts (mSv) per year from the current 100, starting from April 2016, a statement said.

The standard worker dose limit for Japanese workers is 50 mSv per year and 100 mSv over five years. Before the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident, the emergency dose limit was set at 100 mSv per year, but was raised to 250 mSv per year to allow ...

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Nuclear Could Replace Fossil Fuels In Less Than A Decade, Researchers Say

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 The replacement of fossil-fuel electricity by nuclear fission at a pace which could limit the more severe effects of climate change is technologically and industrially possible, but whether this will happen depends primarily on political will, strategic economic planning, and public acceptance, researchers say.

In a paper published today, Staffan Qvist, a physicist at Uppsala University in Sweden, and Barry Brook, a professor of environmental sustainability at the University of Tasmania, analyse the rate of nuclear power development in two of ...

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IAEA Calls For Countries To Join Spent Fuel And Waste Convention

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The International Atomic Energy Agency has urged countries to help improve nuclear safety by joining the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

IAEA deputy director-general Denis Flory said: “The objectives of the convention… can best be realised with the broad addition of more contracting parties, and the active participation of all contracting parties in the review process.”

He said there are still some contracting parties that have not submitted a national report, ...

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Contract for Sellafield silo waste storage boxes

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Metalcraft will supply 2200 high-integrity stainless steel storage boxes to store historic radioactive waste retrieved from a silo at the UK’s Sellafield site. The contract is worth up to £50 million ($78 million).

The three-meter-cubed boxes will be used to store safely and securely historic intermediate-level waste (ILW) to be retrieved from the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS) at the Sellafield site. The silo has six compartments and currently holds more than 3200 cubic metres of waste.

The PFCS is one of ...

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UK Company Wins £50 Million Sellafield Storage Container Contract

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UK company Metalcraft has been awarded a contract potentially valued at £50 million (€69m, $78m) for the provision of stainless steel storage containers for nuclear waste at the UK’s Sellafield site in Cumbria, northwest England.

Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for decommissioning work at Sellafield, said Metalcraft was chosen partly because of socio-economic commitments it made to deliver a package which includes “new jobs, apprenticeships and training development”. Metalcraft said phase one of the project is worth between £5.25m and £8m ...

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