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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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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