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Approaches relating to decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Peer discussions on regulatory practices

Abstract

This report arises from the fifth series of peer discussions on regulatory practices entitled 'Approaches relating to decommissioning of nuclear facilities'. Senior regulators from 22 Member States participated in three peer group discussions during 1996-1997. This report presents the outcome of these meetings and recommendations of good practices identified by senior regulators, which do not necessarily reflect those of the governments of the nominating Member States, the nominating organizations, nor the IAEA. In many Member States nuclear facilities such as power and research reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities and various industrial and medical facilities have reached the end of their useful life or will reach it in the near future. These facilities need to be safely decommissioned without causing any undue radiological, chemical or other risks to workers, the public and the environment. Today, there is a growing consensus that decommissioning needs to be given consideration from the design phase of a new facility and that planning for decommissioning is to be carried out during the entire life of the nuclear facility. In most Member States, there is no comprehensive set of requirements, be it on a legal or technical level, available to plan, assess, approve and carry out decommissioning  More>>
Authors:
"NONE"
Publication Date:
Apr 01, 1998
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
PDRP-2
Reference Number:
EDB-01:030733
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Apr 1998
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; DECOMMISSIONING; ENFORCEMENT; IAEA; MEMBER STATES; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; RECOMMENDATIONS; REGULATIONS; REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
OSTI ID:
20146290
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA0100427011853
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
19 pages
Announcement Date:

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Approaches relating to decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Peer discussions on regulatory practices. IAEA: N. p., 1998. Web.
Approaches relating to decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Peer discussions on regulatory practices. IAEA.
1998. "Approaches relating to decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Peer discussions on regulatory practices." IAEA.
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title = {Approaches relating to decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Peer discussions on regulatory practices}
abstractNote = {This report arises from the fifth series of peer discussions on regulatory practices entitled 'Approaches relating to decommissioning of nuclear facilities'. Senior regulators from 22 Member States participated in three peer group discussions during 1996-1997. This report presents the outcome of these meetings and recommendations of good practices identified by senior regulators, which do not necessarily reflect those of the governments of the nominating Member States, the nominating organizations, nor the IAEA. In many Member States nuclear facilities such as power and research reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities and various industrial and medical facilities have reached the end of their useful life or will reach it in the near future. These facilities need to be safely decommissioned without causing any undue radiological, chemical or other risks to workers, the public and the environment. Today, there is a growing consensus that decommissioning needs to be given consideration from the design phase of a new facility and that planning for decommissioning is to be carried out during the entire life of the nuclear facility. In most Member States, there is no comprehensive set of requirements, be it on a legal or technical level, available to plan, assess, approve and carry out decommissioning operations. Since most of the facilities to be decommissioned in the near future are demonstration or prototype facilities, case by case specific and prescriptive requirements will have to be developed. However, such case by case requirements need to be based on existing applicable regulations as well as on generally accepted principles. In order to assist Member States in ensuring safe decommissioning operations, the IAEA has convened the fifth series of peer discussions on 'Approaches relating to decommissioning of nuclear facilities'. The results and findings of these discussions are summarized in this report, concentrating on recommendations and established good practices identified during the discussions. Its intention is primarily to disseminate information on existing experience and to identify beneficial aspects of established practices in order to provide guidance to Member States that are in the process of developing new or revising existing decommissioning regulations or that intend to do so in the future. The recommendations are intentionally general to cover various legal and administrative systems, to cope with a wide variety of facilities and to allow for the necessary flexibility in planning and executing decommissioning operations. This report is structured so that it covers the subject matter under the following main headings: Safety Objective and Responsibilities; Basic Principles and Strategies; Criteria and Regulatory Requirements; and Regulation and Enforcement. It is important to note that recommendations of good practice are included if they have been identified by at least one of the groups. It does not follow that all of the groups or individual Member States would necessarily endorse all of the recommendations. However, it is considered that if a single group of Senior Regulators judge that a particular practice is worthy of recommendation then it should be included for serious consideration. In some cases the same recommendations arise from all of the groups. These should be considered particularly meritorious.}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1998}
month = {Apr}
}