Decommissioning nuclear facilities is a relatively new field, which has developed rapidly in the last ten years. It involves materials that may be highly radioactive and therefore require sophisticated methods of containment and remote handling. The wastes arising from decommissioning are hazardous and have to be stored or disposed of safely in order to protect the environment and future generations. Nuclear decommissioning work must be carried out to the highest possible standards to protect workers, the general public and the environment. This book describes the techniques used for dismantling redundant nuclear facilities, the safe storage of radioactive wastes and the restoration of nuclear licensed sites.

Key Features

* Describes the techniques used for dismantling nuclear facilities, safe storage of radioactive wastes, and the restoration of nuclear licensed facilities. * Provides the reader with decommissioning experience accumulated over 15 years by UKAEA. * Contains valuable information to personnel new to decommissioning and waste management.


Industry: environmental engineers, generally and nuclear clean-up engineers and managers, specifically Additional interested areas: Academic: as a supplementary text for graduate students in nuclear engineering. Course titles could include: Nuclear Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors

Table of Contents

About the authors List of Contributors Preface 1 Setting the Scene 1.1 Introduction 1.2 The Evolution of the Current Organisational Arrangements in the UK 1.3 A European Perspective on Nuclear Power Generation 1.4 An International Perspective on Radioactive Waste Management 1.4.1 Introduction 1.4.2 General Nuclear Waste Classifications 1.4.3 Nuclear Waste Disposal Concepts 1.4.4 Management and Funding Arrangements 1.4.5 Multinational Radioactive Waste Facilities 1.5 International Regulation & Collaboration 1.5.1 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 1.5.2 The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) 1.5.3 The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD NEA) 1.5.4 The European Commission 1.6 The Kyoto Protocol and OSPAR (Oslo Paris Convention) 1.6.1 The Kyoto Protocol 1.6.2 OSPAR (Oslo/Paris) Convention 1.7 Waste Production 1.8 Acronyms and Abbreviations 2 Ionising Radiation and the Protection of Man 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Historical Background 2.3 Basic Concepts and Units 2.4 Biological Aspects of Radiological Protection 2.5 Conceptual Framework for Radiation Protection 2.6 The Control of Occupational Exposure 2.7 The Control of Medical Exposure 2.8 The Control of Public Exposure 2.9 Potential Exposures 2.10 Intervention 2.11 Practical Advice on Radiation Protection Implementation 2.12 The Role of NRPB 2.13 Practical Advice on Principles for Solid Radioactive Waste Disposal 2.14 Exemption of Sources from Regulatory Controls


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About the authors

Kevin Langley

Dr. Langley is head of Technical Services Group within the Planning, Performance and Engineering Division of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). Dr. Langley obtained a PhD in physical chemistry from Queen’s University, Belfast and has worked in universities and industry both in the UK and Australia, until joining the UKAEA in 1978. He has managed a broad range of projects on renewable energy technologies and nuclear fuel processing, including strategic studies. Since 1990 he has been involved in various capacities with managing the decommissioning program at Harwell and other UKAEA sites.