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Retired Dounreay Workers Check Out The ChangesThumbnail for article : Retired Dounreay Workers Check Out The Changes
UKAEA recently invited a group of Dounreay's retired workers back to site to see the decommissioning work taking place at Dounreay.   During their return to site Gordon Bailey, Frank Sinclair, Sinclair Calder, Ernie Lillyman, Jonathon Kirk and Rolland Shallcross were informed about the shaft isolation project and saw for themselves the changes that have taken place at the shaft including the raised working platform which was recently constructed.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 11
REACTOR CONTROL ROOM IS CONSIGNED TO HISTORY.  What was once the hub of the next generation of nuclear power plant, a hive of activity buzzing with the thrill of ground-breaking technology, is now in stark contrast an empty shell.  
19/9/2006
Chief Executive Scottish Chambers Of Commerce Speech In Caithness
Speech by Liz Cameron Chief Executive Scottish Chambers of Commerce Caithness Chamber AGM, Park Hotel, Thurso 19 September 2006 Ladies & Gentlemen, good afternoon.   First may I say how delighted I am to be here in Scotland's true North East? It is always uplifting to the spirit to leave the City behind and breathe the clear air, admire the stunning scenery and enjoy the warm welcome of the North of Scotland.  
Full Pass Marks For Scotland's Bathing WatersThumbnail for article : Full Pass Marks For Scotland's Bathing Waters
All of Scotland's bathing beaches have passed the European standard water quality tests for the first time since monitoring began 20 years ago.   On the final day of the 2006 bathing waters season, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) can reveal that all of the 63 designated bathing waters have passed either EC 'mandatory' or stricter 'guideline' standards.  
2006 Seabed Survey For Particles Completed
UKAEA has completed a three-month programme of offshore monitoring surveys to improve understanding of the location of irradiated fuel particles in off-shore sediments using a remotely-operated monitoring device.   The results are being compiled and a preliminary report has been sent to the Dounreay Particles Advisory Group and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 10
HOTSPUR CELL CLEAN-OUT IS DECOMMISSIONING MILESTONE.  Dounreay has passed an important decommissioning milestone by successfully cleaning up and dismantling the first of the heavily-shielded facilities in the fuel cycle laboratories, known as the Hotspur cell.  
2006 Seabed Survey For Particles Completed
UKAEA has completed a three-month programme of offshore monitoring surveys to improve understanding of the location of irradiated fuel particles in off-shore sediments using a remotely-operated monitoring device.   The results are being compiled and a preliminary report has been sent to the Dounreay Particles Advisory Group and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.  
Dounreay Simulator Training Facility Attracts InterestThumbnail for article : Dounreay Simulator Training Facility Attracts Interest
Personnel from BNG's sites at Chapelcross and Hinkley Point visited the practical training facility at Dounreay recently, to watch a training session for the second year SVQ apprentices taking place in the simulated nuclear plant.   Gordon Anderson, John Rogerson and Charles Thomson were on a fact-finding visit to see at first hand how the simulator training is improving the skills of the apprentices.  
Dounreay Venue For Safe Highlander Event
Dounreay is once again the location for the child safety awareness event Safe Highlanders.   Around 335 primary seven pupils from Caithness and North Sutherland will attend the event, sponsored by Caithness Community Safety Action Team and UKAEA, at Dounreay Visitor Centre over the next two days.  
UKAEA Responds To Inaccurate And Misleading Report On Particles
A number of inaccurate and misleading statements about radioactive particles in the marine environment around Dounreay have been published today in an article in the Daily Telegraph.   UKAEA believes it is important the public has access to accurate and balanced information about particles and the risk they pose, so that people can make informed judgements about the use of beaches etc.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 9
FIRST STEPS TO SHAFT DECOMMISSIONING NEAR COMPLETION.  The first stage in the shaft isolation project is nearing completion with the finishing touches being put to the raised working platform.  
UK's First Purpose Built Nuclear Decommissioning Test CentreThumbnail for article : UK's First Purpose Built Nuclear Decommissioning Test Centre
UKAEA today welcomed the arrival of Britain's first purpose-built nuclear decommissioning test centre.   The T3UK complex, incorporating a research institute of the UHI Millennium Institute, aims to become the country's leading site for trialling the techniques and equipment needed to safely dismantle Britain's nuclear legacy, as well as undertaking test work for the offshore and environmental sectors.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 8
UKAEA APPLIES FOR PLANNING PERMISSION FOR NEXT DECOMMISSIONING PHASE UKAEA is seeking planning permission to commence the construction of new facilities at Dounreay with a combined value in excess of 127 million.  A planning application has been submitted to the Highland Council for the construction of three facilities as outlined in phase one of the Highland Council's Dounreay Planning Framework, which was the subject of public consultation during 2005.  
UKAEA Short-Lists Four Beach Monitoring SytemsThumbnail for article : UKAEA Short-Lists Four Beach Monitoring Sytems
A worldwide search for technology capable of improving UKAEA's detection of radioactive particles on beaches near Dounreay has resulted in four companies being short-listed for the award of a contract to undertake the work.   Four different systems, including an enhanced version of the system currently in use, were selected by a panel of experts after a series of trials to test their performance against the current system.  
Year Of Progress To Decommission DounreayThumbnail for article : Year Of Progress To Decommission Dounreay
The first annual report on progress to decommission the former experimental reactor site at Dounreay is published today.   Dounreay Review 2005/06 has been produced by UKAEA, the body carrying out the safe clean-up and dismantling of the 140-hectare site.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 7
DOUNREAY DIRECTOR TAKES TEMPORARY CHARGE OF UKAEA Following Dipesh Shah's decision not to seek a further term as chief executive of the UKAEA when his current three-year term ends in November, Norman Harrison, currently the director at Dounreay, has been appointed acting chief operating officer of the UKAEA.  While Dipesh Shah will remain as CEO for the balance of his appointment, Norman Harrison's role as acting chief operating officer will ensure continuity in the day-to-day running and performance of the organisation until a new CEO is appointed.  
Euro MP Struan Stevenson Looks In On DounreayThumbnail for article : Euro MP Struan Stevenson Looks In On Dounreay
Pictured outside DFR during his first visit to Dounreay is Struan Stevenson, Conservative Euro MP (left) with Malcolm Clasper, Building Support Project Manager (right).   During his visit, Struan was given a guided tour of the Dounreay site and DFR.  
Sheep Dip Licences
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is receiving enquiries from farmers in relation to the marketing suspension of cypermethrin, also known as synthetic pyrethroid (SP), dip and is being asked whether charges still apply for them holding a licence to dispose of waste dip whilst these products cannot be sold.   SEPA's position is that the annual charges still apply.  
Radio-active Particles In The Marine Environment
An independent report on the views of people in Caithness and north Sutherland about radioactive particles in the marine environment has been published.   The report summarises the feedback from more than 400 people who took part in a series of information-gathering events ahead of formal consultation later this year on the options for dealing with the particles.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 6 - July 2006Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 6 - July 2006
DOUNREAY DIRECTOR SETS OUT BENEFITS OF PROGRAMME ACCELERATION.  A workforce that can safely deliver the decommissioning and demolition of Britain's fast reactor experiment at Dounreay is a workforce that will be in demand worldwide for its skills.