WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM’s Office of Deactivation and Decommissioning/Facility Engineering (D&D/FE), representing DOE on the Nuclear Energy Agency’s (NEA) Working Party on Decommissioning and Dismantling (WPDD) of the Radioactive Waste Management Committee, provided significant contributions to the recently published report titled, “The Management of Large Components from Decommissioning to Storage and Disposal.” Read the report on Powerpedia here.
The WPDD focuses on the analysis of decommissioning policy, strategy and regulation, including the related issues of management of materials, release of buildings and sites from regulatory control and associated cost estimation and funding.
A specialized agency within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, NEA is an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries based in Paris. NEA's current membership consists of 30 countries in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Together, they account for approximately 85 percent of the world's installed nuclear capacity.
The WPDD report is a technical guide that may be of particular interest to D&D management as it provides different perspectives from an international view. The report promotes an integrated approach, encompassing the interests of all participants involved in areas such as decommissioning, regulating, waste management and transport with all parties that might be impacted by the management of large component D&D. Its purpose is to facilitate the review of the issues at stake through a case-by-case approach, addressing all intermediate steps, such as treatment and conditioning, transportation and relevant decision-making parameters, to determine the overall relevancy of potential management routes depending on given circumstances.