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GONE IN 90 SECONDS.....DOUNREAY CLEAN-UP ACCELERATED IN NEW VIDEO
It's already been cut from 100 years to 25 years.  Now, the timescale for cleaning up and knocking down Dounreay has been accelerated to just 90 seconds in a new video showing how the site will look when decommissioning is complete.  
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CAITHNESS FIRM WINS 7.4 MILLION CONTRACT Local engineering firm JGC Engineering & Technical Services Ltd has been awarded a major contract vital to the environment and decommissioning of the Dounreay site.  Following a competitive tendering exercise UKAEA has awarded a 7.4 million contract to the company to replace the current ventilation system within the Fuel Cycle Area.  
SEPA's footprint growing greener
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) continues to lead by example and is on track to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 20%.   A series of initiatives has resulted in Scotland's environment watchdog achieving six out of its seven environmental performance targets, according to an independently validated report1 published recently.  
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NDA BOSS SEES FUEL PLANT BEING FLATTENED Outgoing NDA chief engineer and nuclear safety director Laurence Williams was at Dounreay to see the shell of the old fuel fabrication plant being razed to the ground.  The plant, code-named D1202, was the first of the "atomic factories" built at Dounreay in the 1950s to become operational.  
Festive fly-tipping is unacceptable
Over the holiday season many Scots will have a bit of a clear out, especially those who have grabbed a bargain in the sales.  This inevitably means households have a number of bulky items and bags of rubbish to get rid of.  
From toilets to teeth, SEPA gets asked the oddest things
As you might imagine, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) gets a lot of queries every year.  They arrive in their thousands by email, web, and phone.  
DECOMMISSIONING OPERATIVES RECEIVE CERTIFICATES FROM SAFETY DIRECTORThumbnail for article : DECOMMISSIONING OPERATIVES RECEIVE CERTIFICATES FROM SAFETY DIRECTOR
During his last visit to site Laurence Williams, Health & Safety Director, NDA presented certificates to the latest candidates who have completed their SVQ Level 2 in Nuclear Technology Decommissioning following 9 months of extensive training and assessment verification in D1204.   The candidates are required to demonstrate their competence by completing a series of core units which are independently and nationally verified to maintain the required standard.  
NDA CHIEF ENGINEER AND NUCLEAR SAFETY DIRECTOR WATCHES LANDMARK DEMOLITIONThumbnail for article : NDA CHIEF ENGINEER AND NUCLEAR SAFETY DIRECTOR WATCHES LANDMARK DEMOLITION
Outgoing Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Chief Engineer and Nuclear Safety Director Laurence Williams was at Dounreay recently in time to see the shell of the old fuel fabrication plant come crashing down.   The plant, code-named D1202, was the first of the "atomic factories" built at Dounreay in the 1950s to become operational.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 16
FIRST OF DOUNREAY FUEL PLANTS IS DEMOLISHED Demolition has started on the first of Dounreay's redundant nuclear fuel plants.  The fuel fabrication facility manufactured more than 10,000 fuel elements for research material test reactors in the UK and abroad, until it was shut down in 2004.  
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4th December 2007 SHAFT ISOLATION PROJECT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE Dounreay's shaft isolation is currently one month ahead of schedule.  The project team has completed 75 per cent of the drilling and grouting required to construct the isolation barrier around the shaft.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 14
GO-AHEAD FOR NEW WASTE FACILITY Dounreay has received authorisation from regulators to commence active commissioning of a newly-constructed waste-handling facility.  The facility cost 10 million to construct and will increase the site's capacity for storing solid intermediate level waste from the clean-up and demolition of the fast reactor experiment.  
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30th October 2007 CLEAN-UP TEAM BEGINS TO STRIP FAST REACTOR Ripping out the innards of Dounreay's famous dome has begun, with the stripping out of the integral reactor ducting and associated equipment that once helped power Britain's first fast breeder reactor.   The reactor well ventilation ducting and some electro-magnetic pump ductwork is being removed from the sphere in order to minimise hazards for future decommissioning work and to open up access routes for the removal of the DFR breeder.  
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DOUNREAY ANNOUNCES PARTICLES CLEAN-UP PLAN.   The clean-up operation for radioactive particles offshore could be substantially complete within seven years while onshore monitoring with removal of detected particles would continue for a longer period if UKAEA's recommended way forward is accepted.  
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The Dounreay site newspaper for Octoebr 2007 is now out and can be read online here..  
What do you use water for?
The way people in Scotland use water must change if we are to continue enjoying the healthy Scottish environment and adapt to climate change impacts.   The pressure we put on Scotland's water resources comes under the spotlight in a consultation report published today (9 October 2007) by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  
Particles Could Be Cleaned Up Earlier Than Expected
The clean-up operation for radioactive particles offshore could be substantially complete within seven years while onshore monitoring with removal of detected particles would continue for a longer period if UKAEA's recommended way forward is accepted.   Following a review of all the information gained from public consultation, studies, test & trials, independent expert reports, improvements in the monitoring technologies and the knowledge gained by offshore mapping surveys, it is believed that an environmentally and publicly acceptable clean up could be achieved within this timescale.  
Scotland Meets It's Landfill Target
Waste has been a hot topic in the media recently.  With television shows, news reports and events all highlighting the issue of the need to reduce the waste we produce and it seems the message is getting through.  
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This year's Dounreay Apprentices Indenture ceremony took place on 21 September in the Pentland Hotel.   Ten apprentices, from UKAEA and Johnson Controls, received their certificates from John Thurso MP, the guest speaker.  
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This year's Dounreay Apprentices Indenture ceremony took place on 21 September in the Pentland Hotel.   Ten apprentices, from UKAEA and Johnson Controls, received their certificates from John Thurso MP, the guest speaker.  
National Skills Academy for Nuclear Approved by Government
An employer-led proposal has won government approval from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) for the creation of a National Skills Academy for Nuclear.   The announcement made by the Skills Minister David Lammy, 24th September 2007, follows the evaluation of a detailed business plan which was submitted to the DIUS in May 2007.