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February 22, 2013 – 11:01 pm |

Often, developers are asked by clients to develop software interfaces that connect external devices to current databases

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February 22, 2013 – 10:48 pm |

A frequently asked question is whether nuclear decommissioning has reached technological maturity. A generally accepted definition of technological maturity is given as:

“A mature technology is a technology that has been in use for long enough that most of its initial faults and inherent problems have been removed or reduced by further development…One of the key indicators of a mature technology is the ease of use for both non-experts and professionals. Another indicator is a reduction in the rate of new breakthrough advances related to it—whereas inventions related to a (popular) immature technology are usually rapid and diverse, and may change the whole use paradigm—advances to a mature technology are usually incremental improvements only.”

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February 22, 2013 – 10:40 pm |

On September 30, 1999, Japan experienced the second worst civilian radiation exposure in its history at the Tokaimura fuels facility. Two technicians were performing routine work conducted in a similar manner for over the past seven years when a previously determined ‘impossible criticality event’ became an inevitability. The accident claimed two lives and exposed over 300,000 people living in proximity to the plant.[1] In little over a decade later, the worst nuclear materials accident occurred 250 miles away at the Fukushima Daiichi fuels storage facility, with the structural and biological damage already exceeding the $70 billion mark. Though the facilities differ in terms of their mission and scope of work, a common root cause was that both facilities either provided no training in an important area, such as the absence of fissile material handling fundamentals at Tokaimura, and the training provided was deemed ineffective.[2] Both facilities had a training department that at some point worked to an approved training plan. So, what happened?

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February 22, 2013 – 10:28 pm |

An agreement between the Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) required the operational closure of Tanks 18 and 19 by December 2012. Both tanks underwent extensive waste removal that included waste removal, specialized mechanical cleaning, and working to isolate the tanks from all external systems, all leading to regulatory confirmation that the tanks were ready for stabilization.

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Robert Davies New Chair for UK Nuclear Skills Body

November 21, 2014 – 4:32 pm |

Robert Davies, the President and CEO of AREVA UK has become the next independent Chair of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN).

Rob is taking over from the previous Chair Neil Baldwin of Magnox Ltd who successfully chaired the NSAN Board for the last three years.  Neil steered the company to its current strong position as the lead strategic body that represents the industry to stimulate, coordinate and enable excellence in skills to support the nuclear program.

Currently the CEO of a major market player, Rob will bring with him vast experience of successful leadership, an expert knowledge of the UK nuclear industry and recognition of the enormity of the industrial task ahead of the sector.

“The UK is about to embark on a national new build program that will represent one of the largest single industrial programs in the UK for decades to come,” commented Robert Davis. “Couple this with maintaining the current fleet, addressing the decommissioning challenges of the NDA, and maintaining our defence programme, it is clear that ensuring the right skills are available in the UK, on time, will be key to our success.”

“Success for NSAN will come from meeting the needs of its clients.  The employers who fund NSAN look to the organisation to provide strategic leadership and support in nuclear skills.  NSAN has gone through a period of development, now is the time to consolidate that development and ensure NSAN is seen as being an integral industrial partner by all UK nuclear players.”

 

Jean Llewellyn, Chief Executive of NSAN remarked, “There was significant interest in this position and Rob provided an excellent and compelling overview as to how he felt he could take NSAN forward. The agreement of the Nominations Committee was unanimous.  I look forward to working closely with Rob to enable NSAN to provide the strategic skills leadership the nuclear industry needs”

Final Berkeley Boiler Smelted by Studsvik

November 21, 2014 – 3:35 pm |

This month marks the end of the Berkeley boiler’s half-century lifespan as the final piece of the last metal giant is smelted at Studsvik’s specialist facility in Sweden. Only around 3% of secondary residues will be returned to Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) for final disposal early next year.

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Magnox Signs £200 Million Contract for Waste Containers

January 16, 2014 – 7:41 am |

Magnox signs framework contracts for supply of transportable self-shielded waste containers to store intermediate level waste (ILW), generated during the operational and early decommissioning phases of the UK’s Magnox nuclear power stations.

Vista Engineering Technologies Receives ISO 9001 Certification

January 15, 2014 – 9:22 am |

The company underwent a five-day audit of its quality management system at the offices in Richland, Washington, US and Loveland, Colorado, US, by an accredited certification body and received no findings

Magnox Employees First to Graduate with Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism

January 15, 2014 – 9:12 am |

Launched in January 2012, the CoNP is an 18 month program developed in partnership between the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and The Open University. The CoNP has been designed in partnership with the industry to support new entrants as they develop their knowledge of the nuclear sector

Doosan Keltbray Consortium Chosen for Major Decommissioning Project

January 14, 2014 – 9:27 am |

The Doosan Keltbray Consortium has been selected as preferred bidder for vital nuclear decommissioning work at Magnox’s Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in North Wales

Register Now to Apply for Share of £13 Million Decommissioning R&D Funding

January 14, 2014 – 8:02 am |

NDA & public bodies open opportunities for UK businesses, offering £13 million for new tech covering new build, current operations & decommissioning.

Sullivan Makes Progress on Air Force Remediation Program

January 14, 2014 – 7:55 am |

The performance objectives of the task order is to implement environmental cleanup remedies at a total of 79 sites located at Dobbins Air Reserve Base…

“Cradle to Grave” Waste Tracking and Management System

January 10, 2014 – 9:02 am |

AttentionIT’s eMWaste Primary is the base software suite for generating, profiling, characterizing, inventorying, processing, overpacking, packaging, and shipping all waste streams.

PacTec and Surus Inversa Collaborate on Customized Waste Transport Packaging for Spain

January 10, 2014 – 8:44 am |

The companies will work cooperatively on designing, engineering and developing cost-effective, quality products for both disposable and reusable applications….