The Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS) and Kinectrics have entered into a Collaboration Research Agreement to study Canadian solutions that will process and dispose of mixed nuclear materials.

A cyclic acid base treatment system.
A cyclic acid base treatment system.

This study will look at how to identify and route various streams of nuclear material ready for disposal after decommissioning. The streams are sorted by category and type of material including liquids and solids, such as oils, metals, plastics, and other mixed wastes. Kinectrics is well positioned to do this work based on their experience processing contaminated liquids and solids for disposal as conventional waste.

Historically, disposal options have been limited. Through rigorous testing and evaluation, the study will look for opportunities to improve standard practices by implementing unique processing solutions such as size reduction, cleaning, destruction and identifying free release materials.

About Kinectrics

Kinectrics provides life cycle management solutions to the electricity industry. Their expertise in engineering, testing, inspection, and certification is backed by their independent laboratory and testing facilities, a diverse fleet of field inspection equipment and an award-winning team of over 1,000 engineers and technical experts. From initial design and type testing to operational deployment and maintenance services, Kinectrics collaborates closely with customers to ensure that utility assets perform safely, reliably and efficiently throughout their entire life cycle.

Innovation Research Series

The Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability has established an annual $2-million innovation fund for new research and development projects that will help prepare for decommissioning  and advance solutions for minimizing nuclear materials and recycling clean materials. 

The ideas, techniques and solutions that come from these projects will help reduce timelines and costs for the decommissioning project, enhance employee safety, reduce waste, and ensure the safety of the community and environment.