TH37  New and Innovative Technologies for Decommissioning and Remediation of Nuclear Facilities

The decommissioning of nuclear facilities is an expanding activity, particularly in Europe, North America, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. Numerous facilities are being decommissioned using innovative technologies that provide safe, efficient, and cost-effective methods. The investment in the decommissioning of power reactors worldwide is estimated at $150 billion. The purpose of this session is to focus on the new and innovative technologies being applied or developed for dismantling, decontaminating, and defueling, as well as for waste minimization and spent fuel storage. This session will contribute to NRC staff’s and stakeholders’ forward knowledge and insights with regard to efficient, innovative, and cost-efficient approaches to decommissioning and to NRC staff reviews of decommissioning plans.

This session will focus on national and international approaches for decommissioning nuclear facilities, involving new and innovative technologies for dismantling and decontaminating, as well as the remediation of sites and facilities to meet release criteria. The session will include presenters from industry, government laboratories, academia, and operators that are developing and already implementing these efficient, safe, and cost-effective approaches to decommissioning. These new approaches use advanced technologies such as innovative remote and robotic technologies for dismantling and radiation safety, remote mobile monitoring systems for radiological surveys, new remediation technologies, and advanced modeling and engineering systems for characterization and “end-state” risk analysis in support of site closure decisions. Other aspects deal with strategies for waste and environmental media characterization as well as the minimization of waste and enhancing safety during decommissioning. The presentations and panel discussion will inform NRC licensing staff, industry, and stakeholders of these new and innovative technologies and their applications, as well as potential regulatory implications.

  • Thomas Nicholson, Senior Technical Advisor for Radionuclide Transport, Division of Risk Analysis, RES/NRC
  • Boby Abu-Eid, Senior Technical Advisor for Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste Programs, RES/NRC tel: 301-415-5811, e-mail:


  • Priya Yadav, Project Manager, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste Programs, NMSS/NRC tel: 301-415-6667, e-mail:

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