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Studsvik open for business

The UKs first nuclear metal recycling plant situated in Cumbria has taken its first delivery.

Twelve containers of metallic low level active waste were delivered to Studsviks facility from the Low Level Waste Repository after receiving consent to accept radioactive waste on 1 September.

The metal will be treated by size-reduction and decontaminated by shot-blasting. Once the scrap has been monitored to confirm that it is no longer subject to regulatory control, it will be recycled.

Studsvik president Sam Usher said: We are delighted to be working with LLW Repository on this first project that enables us to bring our new facility into active operation, and to offer a new service to the UK nuclear industry.

We have worked closely with our regulators to ensure that everything is in place to start up our metals recycling service in the UK. This will help the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and all nuclear site operators in the UK to implement the waste hierarchy and protect the capacity of the LLW Repository.

A number of other customers will begin to use the facility for their metallic waste in the next few weeks.

LLW Repository director Dick Raaz said: Studsviks new facility at Lillyhall will enable LLW Repository to offer its customers new options for treating waste and fully implement the waste management hierarchy in line with the National Low Level Waste Strategy.

Government policy for low level waste requires operators to utilise the waste hierarchy. Decontaminating the waste greatly reduces the amount that needs disposing of at the LLW Repository, while recovering valuable materials for recycling.



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