Radioactive material jammed inside a Scottish nuclear reactor since the 1970s has been removed for disposal. Remotely-operated tools were specially made to extract the breeder elements from the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR). The DFR and its dome-shaped housing are to be demolished as part of the wider decommissioning of the former nuclear power site near Thurso. Dismantling the 60-year-old DFR is among the most challenging of the decommissioning work.
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Dounreay shared its knowledge of nuclear decommissioning with more than 50 specialists who attended an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting at the site last week. Drawn from industry, government, regulators and academia, the group travelled to Caithness in Scotland to take part in a technical meeting about the work needed to leave the site in a safe condition for future generations. Its particular focus was contaminated land and the use of characterisation approaches. Dounreay is recognised as one of the most complex nuclear site closure projects, involving the clean-up and demolition of dozens of facilities contaminated with radioactivity. It includes an extensive programme to characterise land affected by historic operations and the development of strategies to protect future generations once the site is closed.
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