Category Archives: reprocessing

Japan to close only nuclear reprocessing facility

The next time some idiot tells you that the United States should get into the nuclear reprocessing business, tell them this: Japan is closing its only reprocessing facility because it’s too expensive to be done safely. According to an article … Continue reading

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DOE wants your opinion on a really stupid idea

South Carolina’s Aiken Standard reported today: The public is invited to give input on Tuesday on the possibility of German nuclear spent fuel landing at the Savannah River Site. The public meeting, hosted by the Department of Energy, is based … Continue reading

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(Totally unrelated aside: the above photo is of the original reactor containment at Dounreay, and is known locally as Fred the Golf Ball.) Dounreay nuclear is leaking again.   The first reactor at the Scottish site was built in 1955, … Continue reading

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Follow-up: NRC sends investigation team to Wyoming uranium processing facility

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has now sent investigators to the Uranium One Irigaray and Christensen Ranch in situ mining facility in Wyoming following an accident earlier this week. The NRC Press Release noted that the facility had ceased operations … Continue reading

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Potential worker exposure to nuclear material in Belgium and in Wyoming

The World Nuclear News reported this morning on two accidents involving nuclear materials:   Separate spillages of nuclear materials at facilities in Belgium and the USA appear to have been without radiological impact, although personnel involved in both incidents are undergoing … Continue reading

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WNN summary of French reprocessing explosion

World Nuclear News published this a little while ago: Explosion at French waste site 12 September 2011  A worker was killed today by an explosion in a furnace used to prepare contaminated metal for disposal.  Details of the event come … Continue reading

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French reprocessing facility had been cited earlier this year for safety violations

Talk about burying the lead! This was the tenth paragraph of the Wall Street Journal’s article on the explosion this morning at a French reprocessing site: In 2011 France’s nuclear safety regulator issued a warning over safety measures at the … Continue reading

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