For the first time, radioactive sludge from the world’s oldest nuclear storage pond has been packaged safely within a modern store, ready for long-term disposal. The sludge has been transferred from the pond to a new encapsulation plant, where it is grouted and processed into a storage state ready for final disposal in the UK’s geological disposal facility. Sludge is an unplanned by-product of the nuclear industry formed from decaying nuclear fuel, natural growing algae and other debris. The mud-like substance has developed in the depths of the Pile Fuel Storage Pond during its 65 year lifespan, and is now being removed so the facility can be safely decommissioned.
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