New equipment for nuclear safeguards at Sellafield reprocessing plant
A new mass spectrometer was inaugurated on the 25 of July in the nuclear reprocessing plant of Sellafield, in the United Kingdom. The "on-site" laboratories located in Sellafield are managed by the JRC’s Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) and were set up to comply with the European Commission’s safeguards obligations under the Euratom treaty. This plant process several hundreds of tons of nuclear material in a year, calling therefore for a stringent system of safeguards measures. This new equipment brings the laboratories to the highest, state of the art standard and assures the good continuity of the safeguards activities in the future.