Calder Bain, a member of the design team working on decommissioning the Prototype Fast Reactor at Dounreay in Scotland, explains how simple solutions sometimes work best. Recently Dounreay staff stuck to this approach when searching for a way to take metal samples from the base of a reactor.
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.
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.
During National Volunteers’ Week, Brian Hough, NDA’s Socio-Economic and Stakeholder Manager, celebrated the work that is making a difference to communities in Cumbria, and encourages everyone to think about how they can make a difference.
Recent graduates Gordon Cheung and Annelisa Hussey initially knew little about nuclear. Find out why they both joined the nucleargraduates scheme in 2015, how valuable their experience on the scheme has been, and where they are heading next.
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.
Alison Kay, from National Grid, is working towards a board-level role and joined the NDA’s Board as an observer last year to progress her career. Alison describes how the experience of watching the board at work helped her personal development.
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.
Beth Ripper, National Waste Inventory Manager at the NDA, puts the spotlight on waste data and invites your thoughts on how to improve the presentation of radioactive waste information.
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.