No more nuclear reprocessing at Dounreay

The UK industry ministry announced yesterday that there will no more reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel at the Dounreay complex in Scotland. Reprocessing was suspended at the complex in 1996 following equipment breakdown and the whole facility is now being decommissioned. Until yesterday, the government had maintained an option of restarting a limited reprocessing programme to deal with the almost 25 tonnes of spent fuel that remains on site. This will now either be stored at Dounreay or shipped for reprocessing at Sellafield in northern England. See press release.

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