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Feature CONFERENCES


KEY MESSAGES FROM THE SPRING CONFERENCES


Spring 2012 supply chain events deliver industry updates plus details of contract awards to further progress the UK decommissioning strategy


speakers, including representatives of Magnox Ltd, Sellafield, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Areva and Nuvia.


Low Level Waste


The strategic importance of the management of low level waste (LLW) was highlighted at the Nuclear Institute conference LLW2012 held in April. Organised in conjunction with the annual LLW Repository Ltd (LLWR) customer forum, presentation topics ranged from exemption orders, very low level waste (VLLW), developments in LLW management, and national and international waste disposal perspectives. A technically-focused programme was presented by a mix of industry, research-based and regulatory


Tim Bond, LLW Strategy and Delivery Manager at Magnox Ltd, gave an update on the Magnox Optimised Decommissioning Programme, designed to bring 10 sites into Care and Maintenance through a range of new and innovative approaches. The joint LLW management plan developed in collaboration with LLWR and published in the week of the event will enable the development of waste reduction procedures, including a five-year forecast to save the equivalent of 1200 half-height ISO containers.


Helen Cassidy of Sellafield Ltd presented alongside the NDA a progress report on the joint UK Strategy and Plan for the management of solid LLW. Development of the Combustible Waste route with regulators and stakeholders, and infrastructure changes, achieved a 33m3 reduction in this waste stream last year.


Managing waste on behalf of customers is LLWR core business. With an increasing


focus on sustainability and the application of the ‘waste hierarchy’, waste services into the future are designed to assist its customers with waste minimisation. Over 300 delegates attended the LLWR Forum 2012 to understand future initiatives.


The key event messages were around the launch of several new services focusing on VLLW disposal, transport and logistics, packaging and waste characterisation. VLLW disposal and the previously introduced applications around metallic and combustible treatments involve specific waste streams; the newly launched services will enable access to other available services, using better characterisation, transport and packaging options.


Dennis Thompson, LLWR MD, reminded delegates that it continues to seek out and drive solutions to enable customers to identify means by which they can remedy individual waste issues, providing not only the solution but also the means to access and secure the most appropriate routes, with options that satisfy the adopted waste hierarchy model.


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