Learning from experience helps shift radioactive waste at Hunterston A site in Scotland

Hunterston Bunker 4 and 5 from Bunker 5 entrance

Stuart Blair, Higher Activity Waste Production Manager at Magnox Ltd, describes how lessons learned have meant that the second of Hunterston’s five concrete waste bunkers has now been successfully emptied of its hazardous contents – using 23 less containers than the first bunker clearance, and completing 6 weeks ahead of schedule.

Successful radioactive waste retrieval from underground chambers at Berkeley site in Gloucestershire

Inside the Fuel Element Debris (FED) vault at Berkeley nuclear site in Gloucestershire

Paul Oswald, Site Delivery Manager at Magnox Ltd, describes how, 50 years after its accumulation and a number of failed attempts to retrieve it, a uniquely complex range of mixed waste is finally being retrieved from the vaults where it was kept. Find out more about the work to ensure safe storage of this radioactive waste.

“Building blocks” and “stepping stones” for a career in nuclear decommissioning

Civil engineer Jack Hardy spent eight months with the NDA as part of the nucleargraduates training scheme and now works for Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC).

Civil engineer Jack Hardy spent 8 months with the NDA as part of the nucleargraduates training scheme and now works for Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC). He describes how the varied experience built up his understanding of the industry, developed a network of contacts and led to an ongoing involvement with the NDA’s mission.

Understanding the context for PhDs in nuclear decommissioning

Rick Short, NDA's Research Manager, with PhD students Claudia Gasparrini and Sophie Rennie who collected awards for their top-quality contributions at DISTINCTIVE conference 2016

Rick Short, NDA’s Research Manager, reports from the second DISTINCTIVE conference attended by PhD students and around 70 representatives from industry, regulators and international organisations. He outlines the importance of students understanding the context for their work to solve decommissioning challenges and how solutions can be applied on the ground.

Government and industry leaders focus on security of nuclear materials in Washington DC

Nuclear Security Summit 2016

Mark Jervis, Managing Director of International Nuclear Services (INS), describes how the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS 2016) will bring more than 50 heads of state and four international organisations together to discuss intergovernmental policies in global nuclear security. The Nuclear Industry Summit (NIS 2016), an official side event of NSS 16, will attract nuclear industry leaders from around the world to address the future use of nuclear technology, cybersecurity and securing nuclear materials. Here Mark explains the key role INS has played in delivering commitments at previous summits.