TH41 Reactor Decommissioning: Future Trends and New Challenges
The coming decade will probably witness the rapid expansion of decommissioning activity. This session will present an overview of the new challenges the NRC has encountered and address the ways in which it is adapting and intends to change its program. Challenges include the new reactor trends regarding accelerated decommissioning, timing of required submittals, multiple planned locations for decommissioning of one facility and impacts to associated regulatory requirements, trends with community advisory panels and States’ desire for decisionmaking, the increased need for internal agency knowledge management during the transition from operations to decommissioning, and the resulting need to update the decommissioning program. The NRC will discuss changes we intend to make in our internal licensing and inspection procedures and our outreach strategy based on the lessons learned and other mechanisms. For additional perspective on how the NRC is addressing these challenges, a State Liaison Officer and a licensee that just underwent license transfer will also be invited to present on coordination activities with the NRC.
- Bruce Watson, Chief, Reactor Decommissioning Branch, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs, NMSS/NRC tel: 301-415-6221, e-mail: Bruce.Watson@nrc.gov
- Kimberly Conway, Reactor Decommissioning Project Manager, Reactor Decommissioning Branch, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs, NMSS/NRC tel: 301-415-1335, e-mail: Kimberly.Conway@nrc.gov
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