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UK to Transfer Nuclear Fuel to Sellafield
26 tonnes of material could move by rail or sea from Scotland
U.K.’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has recommended that spent research nuclear fuel should be moved from storage at Dounreay in Scotland to Sellafield in Britain.
Discussions with regulators and planning authorities will begin and an implementation program will be developed for the move, Sellafield said in a statement.
The materials to be moved are called exotic fuels, a category of potentially recyclable materials that contain plutonium and high-enriched uranium. Without exotics on its site, Dounreay could reduce its security status and eliminate the need to build new storage facilities, which would have been required, the NDA said.
About 26 tonnes of material will be transferred from Dounreay to Sellafield by rail or sea. From 30 to 40 transports would occur over six years. The first transport could begin as early as 2014.