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A position paper by the UK Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) looks at the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced modular reactors (AMRs) and the implications for management of high-level wastes (HLW) and used fuel. Noting the growing interest in SMRs and AMRs, the 42-page paper says: “The management of spent fuel and radioactive waste from these new reactors must also be considered when selecting technologies for investment, further development, construction and operation.”

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscorwm-highlights-waste-considerations-in-smr-deployment-11519995

A research partnership between the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and National Decommissioning Centre (NDC), formed in 2022, is already helping the energy sector to reduce costs and emissions, improve environmental outcomes and deliver sustainable net-zero decommissioning.

Date: Saturday, 03 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-decommissioning-research-partnership-begins-to

Nuclear Waste Services (NWS), part of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has welcomed the establishment of a new Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) Working Group in South Holderness, East Riding of Yorkshire. The GDF Siting Process in England and Wales is consent-based and requires NWS to identify both a suitable site and a willing host community.

Date: Thursday, 01 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsanother-uk-community-expresses-interest-in-hosting-geological-disposal-facility-11476934

Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS), part of the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), has been commissioned by UK nuclear start-up newcleo to carry out feasibility studies in several areas of nuclear transport requirements. NTS will support newcleo by investigating packaging solutions for nuclear fuel; physical security for nuclear fuel; and transport routing and asset options.

Date: Thursday, 25 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnts-to-carry-out-feasibility-studies-on-fuel-transport-11459877

UK engineers from University of Glasgow, University of Manchester, Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Heriot-Watt University are developing the Symbiotic Multi-Robot Fleet (SMuRF) system, which could help with NPP decommissioning.

Date: Thursday, 21 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscollaborating-robot-fleet-may-support-npp-decommissioning-11387398

The newly-opened Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store - Direct Import Facility at the Sellafield site in the UK has received its first box of historical radioactive waste.

Date: Thursday, 21 December 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-waste-received-by-new-Sellafield-transfer-fa

Teams of autonomous robots known as SMuRFs (for Symbiotic Multi-Robot Fleet) could assist in the future decommissioning of nuclear power plants, according to researchers from four British universities.

Date: Tuesday, 19 December 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SMuRFs-to-help-in-nuclear-decommissioning

The Guardian newspaper has recently published two articles about the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA’s) Sellafield site, both of which have been strongly repudiated by Sellafield Ltd.

Date: Friday, 08 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssellafield-repudiates-guardian-articles-on-cyber-attacks-and-leaks-11354910

France’s Framatome is planning the construction of a nuclear fuel fabrication facility in the UK and is evaluating targeted local industrial sites in consultation with the UK Government’s Department for Energy Security & Net-Zero (DESNZ) and EDF.

Date: Friday, 01 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-to-set-up-fuel-fabrication-facility-in-uk-11337794