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Article archive for Sellafield;

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Sellafield destroys chemicals in controlled explosion 22 October 2017

Bomb disposal experts were called to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant after a routine audit of chemicals stored in a laboratory revealed canisters of potentially dangerous solvents which had been on the site since 1992. An area of the site was cordoned off and the canisters disposed of by controlled explosion....

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How sonar and gaming technology is helping the decommissioning of Sellafield’s legacy nuclear waste storage ponds 24 May 2017

A particularly difficult job at the Sellafield site has just been completed - mapping the magazine transfer bay, one of the most congested legacy areas of the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond. This article, originally published in Sellafield Magazine, looks at the some of the challenges facing the team trying to identify the contents of the pond and the technology used to complete the task and prepare it for emptying and decommissioning....

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Risk and hazard reduction at Sellafield 2015/16 25 April 2017

The Sellafield Annual Review of Safety 2015/16 highlights progress in cleaning up the site, the largest repository of nuclear waste in Europe. Major steps, outlined below, include significant advances in dealing with the contents of the site’s storage ponds, containing some of the most highly radioactive waste on the site. ...

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Hazardex 2017 Conference - Sellafield ISA100 Wireless Applications 03 November 2016

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority owns several site-license companies in the UK. One of them, Sellafield Sites Ltd; was attracted to wireless C&I to help reduce lifetime costs, shorten project timescales, reduce their installed base of equipment, be flexible in project strategies and further improve safety. ...

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NDA estimate of UK’s early nuclear site cleanup costs rises £20 billion in four years 23 February 2015

On February 11, the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) published its latest estimate of the ‘Nuclear Provision’, the best estimate of how much it will cost to clean up the UK’s earliest nuclear sites over a 100 year plus programme. This is driven primarily by the costs of decommissioning, dismantling and demolishing the buildings, as well as managing and disposing of all waste....

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Sellafield achieves liquid waste removal milestone 20 February 2015

The removal of two million litres of liquid radioactive waste from silos used to store swarf waste from Magnox fuel reprocessing at the UK's Sellafield site marks a significant  hazard reduction milestone, according to Sellafield Ltd. The company said the removal of the liquid has "halved the radioactive content of some of its historic liquid nuclear waste, significantly reducing the potential hazard....

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News Extra - Demolition of Windscale chimneys a unique decommissioning challenge 23 December 2014

Fifty-seven years after the UK’s worst nuclear incident, the skyline in West Cumbria is set to change as Sellafield Ltd tackles the crucial task of bringing the second and final ventilation chimney of the Windscale Piles to the ground....

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ONR launches new strategy for regulating Sellafield 27 May 2014

Sellafield ranks as one of Europe’s largest industrial complexes probably storing more radioactive waste in one place than any other nuclear facility in the world. Given the age and fragility of many of the facilities on site, it is a national priority to reduce the hazard and risk on site quickly and safely....

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Radioactive leak at Sellafield later blamed on radon 31 January 2014

High radiation levels have been reported at Sellafield, the nuclear facility in north west England. A local newspaper, the News and Star, reported that around 8,000 of the 10,000 workers on the site had been told not to come to work on January 31 until the cause of problem has been identified....

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Surge in Sellafield apprenticeships 27 August 2013

On August 22 the company responsible for cleaning up and decommissioning the giant Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria said it is taking on 121 apprentices this year, well up on previous years. The company runs courses across a range of skills, including electrical, mechanical, health physics and project management, amongst others....