Number of employees (2019)

Amount of radioactive waste (2019)

Start of decommissioning

Brownfield date - phase 1

Value of dismantling activities - phase 1

OUR DECOMMISSIONING PROJECTS

Realizzazione laboratorio monitoraggio ambientale
completed

Construction of an Environmental Monitoring Laboratory

In 2005, a chemical and radio-chemical laboratory was implemented for managing the samplings of radiological monitoring programmes of the site.

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Realizzazione Impianto Cementazione Prodotto Finito (ICPF) e Deposito temporaneo
ONGOING

Construction of Final Product Cementation Plant and interim storage facility

The Final Product Cementation Plant is the facility intended for the cementation of liquid Uranium-Thorium solution (about 3 cubic metres), called “final product”, and resulting from the experimental reprocessing operations performed on the fuel during th

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Bonifica della Fossa 7.1
ONGOING

Reclamation of Pit 7.1

Pit 7.1 of Rotondella ITREC Plant was designed and built at the end of the Sixties according to national laws and international standard of that time. This underground structure enables the disposal of the radioactive solid high-level waste resulting from

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Decontaminazione della condotta di scarico a mare
completed

Decontamination of the discharge pipe at sea

Between 2005 and 2009, a new control booth was built in place of the older booth dating back to the Eighties. The new control booth was placed 200

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ONGOING

Solid Waste Placement

The SIRIS Project (Solid Waste Placement) involves the treatment of solid radioactive waste located in the ITREC plant.

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FUEL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

Removing nuclear materials and irradiated fuel is essential for the release of the sites without radiological risks. Thanks to the GTRI program (Global Threat Reduction Initiative) nuclear materials of non-Italian origin have been removed. Radioactive waste is safely managed and stored in temporary repositories on the site.

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ENVIRONMENT

To ensure environmental sustainability, all interventions are designed, implemented and monitored so as not to produce any impact, neither radiological nor conventional, on the environment.

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History

The ITREC plant (Treatment and Re-manufacturing Plant for fuel elements) is located within the Trisaia Research Centre ENEA in Rotondella (MT) and it was built between 1960 and 1970 by CNEN (National Committee for Nuclear Energy). Between 1968 and 1970, 84 irradiated Uranium-Thorium fuel elements were shipped to the plant from the experimental reactor Elk River (Minnesota). Subsequently, studies have been conducted on reprocessing and remanufacturing operations for the Uranium-Thorium cycle in order to assess the technical and economic viability of the latter compared to the traditional Uranium-Plutonium cycle. In 1973, CNEN acquired the ownership of the 84 fuel elements from Elk River and reprocessed 20 of these elements. In 1987, following the referendum on nuclear plants, all activities have been suspended. Since then, the safe maintenance of the site was implemented. In 2003, Sogin acquired the plant in order to carry out its decommissioning.

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