Dismantling A Nuclear Power Plant.
Nuclear decommissioning is the process whereby a nuclear facility is dismantled to the point that it no longer requires measures for radiation protection. This fascinating article runs us through how an outdated nuclear power plant is decommissioned and taken apart piece by piece. Not an everyday job, but becoming increasingly regular an older generation of power stations are being retired. The costs for such a project is astronomical, but few companies in the world are up to a job of this nature as the expertise is somewhat uncommon, and the job invariably dangerous. Organisations that promote the international sharing of information, knowledge, and experiences related to nuclear decommissioning include the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency and the European Atomic Energy Community. In addition, an online system called the Deactivation and Decommissioning Knowledge Management Information Tool was developed under the United States Department of Energy and made available to the international community to support the exchange of ideas and information. The goals of international collaboration in nuclear decommissioning are to reduce decommissioning costs and improve worker safety.
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