Shearing and compacting fuel assemblies at La Hague
Left photo: A feed unit supplies the spent fuel shearing and dissolving shop. Fuel rods arriving at the shearing shop are chopped into pieces to release the irradiated uranium pellets, which are then dissolved in a bath of nitric acid. Right photo: After the shearing operation, the Zircaloy alloy hulls and end caps are collected in the La Hague plant's compaction shop, where they are compacted and transformed into ILW-LL waste packages.
Sydney Jezequel/ Les films de Roger Leenhardt/AREVA