Almost 700 kilograms of highly enriched uranium has been moved from the United Kingdom to the United States, and the material is being securely stored at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge for now, federal officials said. The National Nuclear Security Administration said this month that the highly enriched uranium, or HEU, will be down-blended later into low enriched uranium for use as nuclear reactor fuel. “The material was returned to Y-12 for secure storage awaiting future disposition,” the NNSA said in a statement provided Friday by Steven Wyatt of the NNSA Production Office in Oak Ridge. Wyatt said Y-12 supported the removal effort, which was announced by the NNSA on May 3, through technical oversight and guidance of the processing and packaging of material.
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An alternative treatment trial for waste metal from the Dounreay nuclear site in Scotland has been completed, “opening doors for future possibilities”. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL), owned by Cavendish Dounreay Partnership, teamed up with EDF Cyclife and Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) to trial a recycling route for decommissioning metal waste. Four large objects, weighing around 66 tonnes in total, were transported to a specialist facility for recycling under the trial, which confirmed recycling opportunities could exist for some other waste metal items expected to require management as part of the site’s closure programme. The work is being undertaken as part of the National Waste Programme, co-ordinated by LLWR on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which aims to reduce the amount of low level waste sent for disposal.
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