Page last updated at 14:38 GMT, Thursday, 2 April 2009 15:38 UK

Nuclear clean up uses Mr Muscle

Decontaminating a glass tube
Workers wore protective suits during the clean up

Workers decommissioning a nuclear power complex have found Mr Muscle to be more effective than specialised techniques for cleaning contaminated glass tubes.

The household cleaning product was used at Dounreay in Caithness, which is being demolished at a cost of £2.5bn.

Hi-tech equipment had been developed to destroy radioactive materials.

However, Mr Muscle was found to be the best option to help make safe the tubes which were used at a nuclear reprocessing laboratory.

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) said various options were looked at for the disposal of the glass columns, some 10m long.

Crushing was tried and abandoned due to the potential for the spread of contamination.

Eventually, the decommissioning project team found that the best option was to decontaminate the columns and dispose of them as low level waste.

To clean the glass it was sprayed with a glue and this was then removed with Mr Muscle.

Workers performed the operation in protective overalls.

Following the decontamination process the glass columns were packed into industrial containers for future storage in a low-level waste dump.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Nuclear tests castle falling down
26 Mar 09 |  Highlands and Islands
'Worm' probes radioactive pipes
18 Feb 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Wull-E: Robots doing dirty work
30 Jul 08 |  Highlands and Islands
Divers probe nuclear waste system
16 Apr 08 |  Highlands and Islands
Grand scale of a nuclear clean-up
11 Apr 08 |  Highlands and Islands

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific