EM’s Mark Whitney Reflects on DOE Tenure

There have of course been a lot of changes over the past few years. I’d like to begin the answer to this question by noting a couple of important points. First, all of these changes were informed to some degree by the EM workforce; through individual meetings, group discussions, AM with EM, and other engagements, as well as recommendations by the Organization Improvement IPT (Integrated Project Team).

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Knowledge Management From Design, Operation Throughout the Decommissioning Phases

Given the long timescales of active decommissioning projects (many decades), the preservation of information and its transfer to future generations is a fundamental element of this industry. But adding on the long time periods given to the siting, planning, construction and operation of a nuclear facility before shutdown (when most records relevant to future decommissioning are generated) the overall time span encompassing knowledge management for decommissioning purposes easily exceeds 100 years

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From Preliminary to Final Planning for Decommissioning: Anything Wrong?

The key principle of planning for decommissioning should be continuity (a form of sustainability). Experience shows that a significant gap in planning will inevitably result in unnecessary delays (e.g. between final shutdown and the start of active decommissioning) and ultimately, extra costs.

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Experience & Knowledge Gained From Contracting with the U.S. DOE: A Snapshot in History

For a number of years, and since its conception in 1997, various elements of corporate leadership found within JD & Associates, LLC have been entrenched and immersed in various D&D projects scattered throughout the DOE federal complex, including numerous nuclear facilities both of foreign and domestic origin.

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Characterization for Decommissioning: Yes, But to What Extent?

A comprehensible and verifiable determination of the radiological inventory is essential for the decommissioning management with respect to safety, time and costs. For example, right from the start of the post operational phase, the radiological characterization has to enable the decision whether or not to perform a system decontamination, or to investigate waste disposal pathways.

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OP ED – The Elephant and Yucca Mountain

Dealing with the 77,000 tons of accumulated spent fuel from the U.S. civilian nuclear solid fuel energy program is an enormous and unresolved issue. But like most of the world’s problems, the stockpiling of spent nuclear fuel from solid fuel Light Water Reactors (LWR) is the result of a policy choice based on the goals and objectives of a different time – the cold war years. A better alternative was developed and exists, but it was intentionally sidelined and defunded

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ENERGY SPENT IN DECOMMISSIONING

Quite recently, I was taken aback when somebody asked me about the energy (e.g. Mwh or Petajoules, PJ) spent to demolish a NPP, and the innuendo was that the decommissioning-related energy could be comparable with the construction of the same NPP, and even to the energy generated by that plant. I must admit I had no answer to offer on the spot. And yet, I realized soon that this is an argument used at times by the anti-nuclear groups. Was this really a loaded question? I decided to launch an enquiry among my colleagues and friends and I am glad to share the results with you.

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