MAGNOX PIONEERS INNOVATIONS IN WASTE MANAGEMENT

Magnox, EnergySolutions (Magnox’ s parent body organization), and the NDA have developed and implemented an optimized approach to the decommissioning of the Magnox sites known as the Magnox Optimised Decommissioning Programme (MODP). The programme sets out what the business will deliver over the comprehensive spending review period, including pioneering innovative ways of working, accelerating Bradwell and Trawsfynydd sites to a state of care and maintenance, and carrying out safe and efficient cleanup. Other sites have also received additional funding to accelerate some decommissioning projects. Acceleration of work on key sites is counter balanced by a reduction in scope or deferred demolition across other parts of the programme. The MODP offers a savings of about £1.3 billion from the original Magnox decommissioning strategy.

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TURNING TRAINING FROM A COST INTO AN INVESTMENT

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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Los Alamos National Laboratory Builds on Success to Accelerate TRU Waste Shipping

Building on the success of the first year of an accelerated waste shipping campaign, Los Alamos National Laboratory will use a data-driven approach to more than double the amount of waste shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in 2013.

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MODIFYING REMOTE TECHNOLOGY FOR MAGNOX STORAGE POND

There are many decommissioning challenges remaining across the site at Sellafield where the use of remote technology is likely to be beneficial or even fundamental to successful delivery due to access constraints largely relating to radiological dose.

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CLOSING THE COMMUNICATIONS GAP: Making the Case for Maximum Public Participation in Radiological Monitoring

Few tasks offer greater challenges than that of communicating information to the public on issues related to the nuclear world.

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SRS Reaches Major Cleanup Milestone as SRNS Completes Lower Three Runs Project

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS) can now claim that 85 percent of the Savannah River Site has been cleaned up with the recent completion of the Lower Three Runs (stream) Project.

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Vit Plant Employees Work 12 Million Hours Without a Day-Away-From-Work Injury

Employees working on the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant – better known as the Vit Plant – have worked more than 12 million hours without a day away from work due to an injury. July 16 marked two years since the last injury involving a day away from work.

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