When decommissioning nuclear power plants, stringent regulations outlining requirements and processes must be followed to ensure they are decommissioned safely.
To close a nuclear power plant, the facility must be decontaminated to reduce the residual radioactivity to levels which are classified as safe. Other decommissioning works involve dismantling structures safely, removing contaminated materials and disposal at appropriate facilities ready to release the property for future use.
Reasons for shut down
There are three main categories which can cause a nuclear power plant to shut down:
The decommissioning process
The decommissioning process involves:
Disposal of the contaminated materials can be done by either decontamination on site or by being removed completely and shipped to a waste processing storage/disposal facility.
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