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The Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania. Courtesy EBRD. Lithuania’s Ignalina nuclear power station has signed an agreement to cooperate with national nuclear power safety inspectorate Vatesi and the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority on a project to improve the safety of radioactive waste management at the shutdown two-unit station.

Ignalina said the project will have a budget of €3.5m provided by European partners and Norway in particular.

The project will include the development of a concept for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste in Lithuania, and improvements to radwaste management and decommissioning processes.

It will be carried out in phases starting with a geophysical research programme, followed by socio-economic assessment and geophysical surveys of areas that could potentially host a final disposal facility.

Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-station-signs-agreement-on-radwaste-management-project-10-1-2020

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) has shared a map showing the potential deep geological repository site in South Bruce, Ontario. The organisation has now secured just over 1500 acres (600 hectares) of land to conduct its studies.

Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NWMO-secures-more-land-for-repository-studies

Switzerland’s National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra) has compared the advantages and disadvantages of sites for a used fuel/high-level waste encapsulation plant. The resulting report, “High-level waste encapsulation plant: Advantages and disadvantages of different siting variants”, will serve as a basis for discussion with the regions, Nagra said.

Date: Friday, 21 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsswitzerlands-nagra-favours-interim-waste-storage-at-zwilag-8093843

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) is seeking input from the public to help guide and shape its plans for the transportation of used nuclear fuel from reactor sites to a deep geological repository in the 2040s.

Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NWMO-seeks-public-comment-on-used-fuel-transport-p

Switzerland's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra has today released a report on the advantages and disadvantages of siting a used fuel and high-level waste encapsulation plant at the planned deep geological repository site or elsewhere. It says the best solution would be to construct the encapsulation plant at either the repository or at the Zwilag interim waste management facility at Würenlingen.

Date: Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nagra-reports-on-siting-options-for-Swiss-encapsul

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) has today submitted an environmental impact assessment (EIA) programme to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment on very low-level radioactive waste disposal at the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant. The alternatives are constructing a new near-surface disposal facility or expanding the deep geological repository currently in use.

Date: Saturday, 15 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/TVO-submits-EIA-programme-on-very-low-level-waste

The Canadian Radioactive Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) will focus its activities in South Bruce, Ontario on safety and protecting the environment, the organisation said last week in an update to local stakeholders. The NWMO is planning to begin field studies later this year at the potential repository site to determine whether it meets the project's safety requirements.

Date: Friday, 29 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NWMO-to-begin-field-studies-at-Canadian-repository

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) expects to select a single, preferred site for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel by 2023, according to its latest Triennial Report from 2017 to 2019.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-nwmo-publishes-report-on-nuclear-waste-management-7848098

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) says it remains on track to select a single, preferred site by 2023 for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel. The organisation has released its latest Triennial Report, including for the first time a strategic plan beyond site selection.

Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-organisation-sets-out-long-term-repositor

Government to seek 'alternative' solutions to nuclear waste disposal Aerial view of the northern crest of the Yucca Mountain ridge in Nevada, 2006. Photo courtesy Wikipedia. The administration of US president Donald Trump announced last week its budget call to Congress for fiscal year 2021. Unlike previous years, the $4.8tn proposal included no funding for the development of the national nuclear waste repository at the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada.

According to the budget justification, the Trump administration remains “strongly committed” to fulfil its obligation to manage the US nuclear waste and “will not stand idly given the stalemate on Yucca Mountain.”

However, the document said the standstill around the Yucca Mountain project has “gone on too long.”

The budget said the government wants to begin a process to find alternative solutions and engage states in “developing an actionable path forward”.

Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/trump-administration-drops-funding-for-nevada-repository-in-2021-fiscal-plans-2-2-2020