The Woolsey Fire in Southern California sparked a panic last week after flames encroached on the site of one of America’s worst nuclear meltdowns, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in Simi Valley.
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More than 2,000 people submitted comments or signed petitions critical of a proposal for closing Hanford’s underground radioactive waste storage tanks, according to a coalition of environmental and Hanford watchdog groups. The Department of Energy sought comments on a draft evaluation that concluded no significant threat to the environment would be posed by its plan to close an initial group of Hanford tanks. The 16 single-shell tanks that make up the group called the C Tank Farm have been emptied of about 96 percent of the radioactive and hazardous chemical waste they once held. The waste was left from the past processing of irradiated uranium fuel to remove plutonium for the nation’s nuclear weapons program. DOE has proposed stabilizing the tanks, which still hold about 64,000 gallons of nuclear waste, by filling them with concrete-like grout and leaving them in the ground in central Hanford.
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Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has selected GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s (GEH) PRISM technology to support the US Department of Energy’s Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) programme. The project is looking at what would be needed to establish a reactor-based fast-spectrum neutron irradiation capability for the USA by 2026. GEH has been subcontracted by INL and will work with Bechtel to advance the design and cost estimates for a VTR based on PRISM. A VTR is needed for the development of innovative nuclear fuels, materials, instrumentation and sensors, and the project will help inform a DOE decision about whether to construct a sodium-cooled test reactor.
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