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NDA names Sellafield to store Dounreay 'exotics' nuclear material

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has this week named Sellafield as its preferred option for interim storing of nuclear material.

The materials are currently being stored at the Dounreay fast reactor in northern Scotland. They include unirradiated plutonium and high enriched uranium bearing fuels, which Dounreay calls “exotics”.

Regulators and planning authorities will now create a plan for storing the material. Transporting the fuel to Sellafield will take between 30 to 60 train journeys during a six year period beginning in 2014/15 while treating the material on site will mean the construction of suitable facilities, which would take between eight and 10 years to build.

The NDA has said that all the Dounreay exotics were all potentially recyclable, and as a result were not considered waste.

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