Staff at the former Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell have recently processed their 10,000th can of remote handled intermediate level waste.
The waste comes from 45 years of research and development on the site and was particularly difficult to recover and process due to its complicated make-up. The waste ranges from powders, through to heavy single items, some of which required pre-treatment before being packaged into drums.
Stuart Watson, Operations Manager at Harwell Site, commented: “The operations were conducted by a relatively small team of operators, health physics and engineers whose job is to recover and process the wastes 24-hours-a-day, five-days-a-week.
“The shift teams are supported by full time production and waste specialists who ensure the processes are efficient and compliant as well as an industrial safety team who help make sure that safety is the top priority. This is a significant milestone for the project and the site which would not have been possible without a great team effort.”
Harwell Site is now managed by Magnox who is responsible for safely managing 12 nuclear sites and one hydroelectric plant in the UK.
The work is due to be completed in late 2022.