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Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, Sellafield Ltd says it has taken some precautionary actions at its site in north-west England, including the controlled shutdown of the Magnox Reprocessing Plant. The reprocessing plant is approaching its 60th year and is a complex chemical facility designed to process and separate plutonium and uranium.

Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sellafield-starts-controlled-shutdown-of-Magnox-fa

The UK Ministry of Defence has invited firms to tender for work to decontaminate and dismantle the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment (NRTE) - formerly HMS Vulcan - which houses prototype nuclear propulsion plants of the type operated by the Royal Navy.

Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstenders-invited-for-work-to-dismantle-uk-naval-test-reactor-site-7830438

The UK has a total of 4,560,000 cubic metres of radioactive waste, according to the 2019 United Kingdom Radioactive Waste & Materials Inventory, published on 10 January.

Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-updates-radioactive-waste-inventory-7609572

The UK's Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) has published a document setting out the broad framework within which it will operate. The framework replaces its terms of reference.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-develops-role-of-Committee-on-Radioactive-Waste

UK plutonium samples totalling a few hundred grams are to be tested at the Orano Melox site in France to see whether it can be converted into mixed oxide (mox) pellets. The samples arrived by sea in Cherbourg aboard the Pacific-Egret on 26 November and continued to the Melox site by road, French media reported on 28 November.

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-plutonium-samples-arrive-in-france-for-testing-7534970

Two consortia, led by Barrnon and Wood, have reached the next round of an innovation competition that could help decommission radioactive facilities at Sellafield, the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has revealed. The projects were among five collaborative consortia, comprising almost 30 organisations, which have developed projects over the past two years.

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbarrnon-and-wood-progress-in-uk-nda-innovation-competition-7534667

A shipment of samples of plutonium oxide is en route from the UK to a laboratory at Orano's Melox plant in southern France. The samples will be used to determine if the plutonium can be used in the production of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel.

Date: Friday, 29 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/British-plutonium-samples-shipped-to-France

While the UK nuclear industry met the required safety and security standards last year, there remains room for improvement, the country's Chief Nuclear Inspector Mark Foy said today in his first annual report on the sector's performance. He said three key areas of focus are the management of ageing facilities, conventional health and safety, and delivering a holistic approach to nuclear security.

Date: Saturday, 12 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-chief-nuclear-inspector-issues-performance-repo

The final flask of used fuel from UK’s Wylfa Site has been dispatched for reprocessing at Sellafield in Cumbria, marking the end of defuelling operations at all 26 of UK’s first-generation nuclear reactors.

Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsreactor-defuelling-completed-at-uk-wylfa-site-7421026

The last nuclear fuel flask in the handling area at Wylfa. Photo courtesy NDA. The final flask of nuclear fuel has been shipped from the Wylfa Site on Anglesey, North Wales, to Sellafield in Cumbria, marking a major decommissioning milestone for the UK nuclear industry, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said.

Wylfa was the last and largest of the UK’s Magnox nuclear power stations – the first type of commercial nuclear power station – and ended operations in 2015, after 44 years of generating electricity.

Calder Hall, the world’s first commercial nuclear power station, also completed its defueling programme earlier this month.

Removal of all the nuclear fuel from a site is one of the main pieces of hazard reduction work and accounts for over 99% of the radioactivity. The NDA said the completion of defueling is a huge stride towards the end of all nuclear fuel reprocessing at Sellafield – scheduled for 2020.

Date: Friday, 20 September 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/final-flask-of-nuclear-fuel-shipped-from-north-wales-site-9-4-2019