Germany's federal radioactive waste company, BGE, has signed an agreement with the country's geoscientific authority, BGR, to cooperate on site selection investigations for a high-level waste repository, as well as on the management of existing waste repositories.
Finnish utility Fortum and consulting engineering company AINS Group have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide radioactive waste management services to China's rapidly expanding nuclear industry.
Switzerland's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra has been granted permits for carrying out the first three exploratory boreholes in its search for potential sites to host two geological repositories.
11 Jul (NucNet): A €31m plasma melting plant has started operations at the site of the Kozloduy nuclear power station in what has been called a breakthrough for Bulgaria in the treatment and disposal of radioactive waste.
Scientists in the UK have developed a technology that uses muons - cosmic particles - to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. The technology has already been demonstrated at the Sellafield nuclear site and is now being commercialised worldwide.