UK plutonium samples arrive in France for testing


UK plutonium samples totalling a few hundred grams are to be tested at the Orano Melox site in France to see whether it can be converted into mixed oxide (mox) pellets. The samples arrived by sea in Cherbourg aboard the Pacific-Egret on 26 November and continued to the Melox site by road, French media reported on 28 November.

Orano TN is organising the transport on behalf of International Nuclear Services (INS), a subsidiary of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Agency (NDA). “The samples are packaged in a packaging specifically designed to ensure the containment of the material and the safety of the transport,” Orano said. “These packages have been approved by the British government authorities (Office for Nuclear Regulation) and French Nuclear Safety Authority, in accordance with national and international regulations,” Orano added.

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Source: Nuclear Engineering International