Nuclear Shutdown

by Brian Fortner, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2001, Vol. 71, Issue 4, Pg. 36-41,96

Document Type: Feature article


The lengthy process of decommissioning—and in some cases dismantling—a commercial nuclear power plant is unlike any other project. The few plants that have been decommissioned are providing invaluable information about techniques but engineers continue to develop innovative technologies to remove low-level radioactive waste and to bring down structures that were built with little thought of decommissioning when they were built. The projects involve hundreds of millions of dollars, can last 10 years or more, and require collaboration among nearly every civil engineering specialty.

Subject Headings: Decommissioning | Power plants | Project management | Nuclear power | Innovation | Radioactive wastes | Energy engineering

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