Atalante: the study of partitioning processes
Remote manipulation of an irradiated fuel rod in the receiving tank of the shielded process line at the ATALANTE laboratory in Marcoule. In 2004 the line began a series of experiments aimed at demonstrating the technical feasibility of advanced partitioning. To do this, the facility received 15 kg of irradiated fuel. First the uranium and plutonium were partitioned, then the lanthanides and minor actinides, and finally the americium and curium.