New technology offers breakthrough in decommissioning of radioactive waste.
A new plasma melting plant opening at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria is a breakthrough in the treatment and disposal of radioactive waste.
A new method is helping to dramatically reduce the volume of waste. Metal and debris is melted to plasma. This end product has a much lower radiation level, which means it meets strict guidelines for storage or final disposal.
The facility has a capacity of 250 tonnes per year. It will treat waste from reactors 1 to 4, which are being decommissioned by the EBRD-managed Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF), and reactor 5 and 6, which remain in operation.
To date, donors have supported the KIDSF with more than €900 million.