Intact Decommissioning Alternative for Nuclear Power Plants

by J. J. Healey, Ebasco Services Inc, New York, NY, USA,
I. Romero, Ebasco Services Inc, New York, NY, USA,
S. L. Ostrow, Ebasco Services Inc, New York, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Transition in the Nuclear Industry


Previous studies of decommissioning options for nuclear power plants have examined potential alternatives such as immediate dismantlement, entombment, and moth-balling. This paper describes a study of an additional option; intact decommissioning. Under this alternative, an intact decommissioning boundary would be designated and seals established, and the radioactive systems and components contained inside would be left in place without maintenance or surveillance requirements. Radioactive components, systems and structures outside the boundary would be removed. Benefits in terms of lower costs and reduced radiation exposures are indicated for this approach.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Decommissioning | Nuclear power | Domain boundary | Radiation | Maintenance and operation | Structural members | Structural systems

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