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EU Council draft of nuclear waste directive to allow exports: sources

Thursday, June 30, 2011

European Union member state experts have agreed on a draft text for a new nuclear waste and spent fuel management directive that would allow permanent exports of waste from the EU under certain conditions.

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Worker Overexposure

A Nuclear Medicine technologist received an overexposure to the extremity dosimeter for March 2011. The extremity dose was reported as 564.4 mSv (56.44 rem). During the month of March, the technologist performed several cell-labeling procedures involving 2,775 MBq, 4,107MBq, and 3,996 MBq (75mCi, 111mCi, and 108mCi respectively) amounts of Y-90. There were also several labeling procedures involving the use of I-131 during the same time frame.

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OVEREXPOSURE TO RADIATION WORKER

On January 13, 2011, the licensee received a dosimetry report which stated that one of their employees received a year-to-date exposure of 55 mSv (5.5 rem) which was above the statutory limit of 50 mSv (5 rem). The overexposure was received in December 2010 during the emergency repair of a cyclotron unit over a period of several days. However, the affected employee’s real-time dosimeter indicated a much lesser exposure, calling into question the measurement indicated on the permanent dosimeter.

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1000 Tons of German radioactive waste to be burned in Oak Ridge incinerator

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Energy Solutions of Oak Ridge, TN has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to import up to 1000 tons of radioactive waste from Eckert and Ziegler Nuclitec, a German company that specializes in the collection, processing, and disposal of these materials from hospitals, research, and technical facilities world wide.

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Russia Is Seeking to Build Europe’s Nuclear Plants

Thursday, October 14, 2010

MOSCOW — The Russian nuclear industry has profited handsomely from building reactors in developing countries, including India, China and Iran. Now it is testing the prospect of becoming a major supplier to the European Union, too.

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Extremity Overexposure

During an inspection conducted by the State regulator on 27 July 2010 (and reported to the NRC on 4 August 2010), it was discovered that an employee who works in the manufacturing of iodine-125 and palladium-103 brachytherapy seeds received an occupational exposure of approximately 519 mSv (51.9 rem) to an extremity (right hand) in December 2008. The individual also received approximately 167 mSv (16.7 rem) to the left hand and 6.1 mSv (605 mrem) whole body dose. The licensee did not recognize the exposure and did not report it as required to the regulator when it occurred.

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USA and France Help Poland Go Nuclear

Monday, July 19, 2010

WARSAW (IDN) - Backed by the U.S. and France, Poland is set to tread the nuclear path and hopes to start generating atomic power by 2021. Presently, coal accounts for over 93 percent of the eastern European country's electricity, demand for which is expected to double by 2025.

A four-stage plan announced by Hanna Trojanowska, the government's Plenipotentiary for Nuclear Energy, envisages appropriate legislation by the end of 2010; site, technology and construction arrangements between 2011 and 2013; technical plans and site works in 2014 and 2015; and construction from 2016 to 2020.

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Member of the Public Overexposure

The potentially overexposed individual may have spent a significant amount of time visiting his fiancée who was receiving a temporary implant of Cs-137 and Ir-192 seeds via low dose-rate remote afterloader brachytherapy on April 16-18, 2010. The licensee instructed the patient's visitor to visit no longer than 2 hours in a 24-hour period and to stay behind the bedside shield during these visitations. On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, the Assistant Nurse Manager informed the licensee that the visitor claimed to have spent the night in the bed with the patient on two consecutive nights.

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Reactor Trip and Safety Injection with Complications from Fire

On March 28, 2010, an electrical fault propagated by the failure of a bus-tie breaker to open resulted in a fire, and caused lowering voltage on 1 of 3 reactor coolant pumps (RCP), initiating a reactor trip. Due to the failure of the breaker to open to isolate the fault, power was lost to two buses. The subsequent cooldown resulted in an automatic safety injection initiation on low pressurizer pressure as operators focused on the fire.

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The great atomic bluff

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Constant hold-ups, skyrocketing costs, faulty construction…Finland’s new Olkiluoto reactor, touted as the great white hope for Europe’s nuclear sector, is looking more and more like a great white elephant – and casting a fat black shadow over the whole industry.

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