Waste and water services giant Veolia has created a business unit that will focus on nuclear facility cleanup and radioactive waste treatment.
The announcement comes a year after Veolia acquired nuclear waste cleanup firm Kurion for $350 million.
Veolia’s new nuclear waste business, called Nuclear Solutions, unites its Kurion, Alaron and Asteralis businesses with operations in the US, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Japan. It will provide initial investigation services, use robotics to cleanup sites, and separate and stabilize nuclear waste, the company says.
Nuclear Solutions is the only international operator to be working at Fukushima on behalf of Tepco, the Japanese nuclear utility. In France, it works with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission.
In 2013, Veolia launched Asteralis, a nuclear facility waste management subsidiary. In France, the company has been working with electricity giant EDF and its subsidiary SOCODEI for the past five years to improve the performance of the contaminated metal waste recycling unit from its CENTRACO site (nuclear center for the treatment and conditioning of low-level radioactive waste) in southern France.
The metallic waste is sorted, packaged and properly sized before being decontaminated by smelting on site. The waste can find a second life in the form of metal drums that can receive other radioactive waste, Veolia says.
At the end of 2016, EDF selected Veolia’s Chasse-sur-Rhône nuclear laboratory, in France, as part of a multi-year contract for the chemical and radiological analysis of its sites and soils.
The new business entity is led by CEO William Gallo, and is part of Veolia’s global enterprises organization, the $5 billion technological- and solutions-oriented arm of Veolia.