U.S. reprocessing plant at the Savannah River Site resumed operations

The last U.S. reprocessing facility, H Canyon plant at the Savannah River Site, has resumed operations on August 5, 2016, for the first time in more than five years. The plant will reprocess 1,000 bundles of spent nuclear fuel of and 200 High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) cores that are currently stored in the SRS L Area Basin. The operation is expected to end in 2024. The HEU recovered from spent fuel will be down-blended to LEU and used to manufacture fuel for power reactors.

For a detailed description of the current reprocessing program, see an earlier IPFM post by Tom Clements.