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Decommissioning Handbook

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Anibal L. Taboas
Anibal L. Taboas
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A. Alan Moghissi
A. Alan Moghissi
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Thomas S. LaGuardia
Thomas S. LaGuardia
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ISBN-10:
0791802248
No. of Pages:
476
Publisher:
ASME Press
Publication date:
2004

This chapter describes the collection of information needed to plan the decommissioning of a nuclear facility. Characterization is frequently thought of as synonymous to radiation measurement, but the term has a broader meaning. Characterization is the collection of all information needed to describe, in adequate detail, the following:

- The hazards present at/in the facility

- The condition of the facility structure as it may affect worker health and safety

- The extent, nature, and concentration of radiological and hazardous chemical contamination

- The institutional, legal, and technical restraints on decommissioning alternatives

Characterization is an iterative process that precedes and parallels actual decommissioning. The characterization program discussed here is in support of decontaminating structures to protect workers and future site occupants, but this effort is intimately related to the consideration of ground contaminants, beneath and around the structure, and their potential travel to off-site environs.

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