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More than 1,000 stainless steel drums transferred to Repository site

Updated: Dec 2, 2022

Nuclear Waste Services, Magnox Ltd, Nuclear Transport Solutions hit low-level nuclear waste landmark milestone

A major project to dispose of more than 1,000 stainless steel drums of waste at Nuclear Waste Services’ Low-Level Waste Repository site from the Winfrith Magnox site, each weighing around one tonne, has successfully completed its initial rail transfer.

Nuclear Waste Train Leaves Magnox
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The project, which has been several years in the planning, is a prime example of the One NDA approach, through working in cooperation across the group, safely enabling an early, fit-for-purpose transport and disposal solution to support ongoing decommissioning activities.

The drums, which originated from the Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor (SGHWR) at Winfrith, were placed in the Treated Radwaste Store (TRS) awaiting transfer to the Harwell Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) facility. However, due to a period of radioactive decay, they have been reclassified from Intermediate Level Waste to Low-Level Waste, allowing early disposal at the Repository site with significant financial savings to the UK taxpayer.


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