NRC’S View of Decontamination and Decommissioning
The nuclear regulatory commission is deeply interested in the two basic subjects of this conference, decontamination and decommissioning. We have already licensed about 70 commercial power reactors to operate in this country and see about another 130 in the review and construction pipeline. There are dozens of fuel cycle facilities to support these reactors, and counting both State and NRC licenses, there are more than 20,000 nuclear material activities in the country. All of these nuclear facilities, from the largest reactor to the smallest material facility, will have radioactive residues--they will have to be decommissioned after their useful life is over and these residues disposed of while they are operating, many of these facilities will require some form of decontamination ranging from the cleanup of minor spills to major efforts such as the Dresden-1 Reactor Coolant System Decontamination or the cleanup of Three Mile Island-2. As time passes, NRC is devoting more and more attention to decontamination and decommissioning activities. We are, therefore, more conscious now of our existing policies, regulations, and standards on these subjects.
KeywordsNuclear Facility Large Reactor Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Utility Commission Minor Spill
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