CONSTRUCTION has started on the first new permanent facility to be built at the decommissioned Winfrith Atomic Energy site for 20 years. A ‘breaking ground’ ceremony has been held at Winfrith’s Tradebe Inutec site, which it officially acquired at the former nuclear plant last February. Radioactive waste treatment and recycling specialist Tradebe Inutec wants to build a specialist nuclear waste management facility at Winfrith. Last February the Echo reported how chief nuclear inspector Mark Foy had awarded Inutec Limited, which trades as Tradebe Inutec, a nuclear licence – the first granted by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to an operating facility for 15 years. “When complete, it will give our clients additional options for cost-effective, offsite treatment of their LLW (low-level waste) and borderline ILW (intermediate-level waste) waste. It is another demonstration of our commitment to support the UK’s decommissioning mission.” According to the UK Radioactive Waste Inventory, low-level waste (LLW) contains, unsurprisingly, relatively low levels of radioactivity. While the majority of LLW comes from the operation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities, smaller amounts of LLW can come from hospitals and universities. Intermediate level waste (ILW) exceeds the upper boundaries for LLW but does not generate a significant amount of heat, unlike higher levels of nuclear waste.
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