JRC scientists monitor safeguards compliance of 80% of the world's reprocessed nuclear fuel
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) operates the on-site laboratories at reprocessing plants in the nuclear sites of Sellafield (UK) and La Hague (France) to analyse samples of spent fuel in situ. The throughput of these plants represents 80% o the world's reprocessed spent nuclear fuel, which is verified by European Commission inspectors, supported by JRC scientists in these facilities in order to assure its compliance with nuclear safeguards. Thanks to its expertise in this field, the JRC was involved in the set up of the only similar facility in the world outside the EU, located in Rokkasho (Japan). In addition, the JRC also provides training to Euratom and the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) safeguards inspectors.