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Nuclear Facilities Decommissioning

  • David R. Turner
Reference work entry
Part of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series book series (ESSTS)

Glossary

Decommissioning

Nuclear decommissioning is a term used to describe the process of removing a nuclear facility or site safely from service and reducing residual radioactivity to a level that permits (i) release of the property for unrestricted use and termination of the license or (ii) release of the property under restricted conditions and termination of the license. Although waste classification and management is an important aspect of decommissioning, the details of radioactive waste management and disposal are not addressed in this article.

Decontamination

The removal of undesired residual radioactivity from facilities, soils, or equipment, prior to the release of a site or facility and termination of a license. Also known as remediation, remedial action, and cleanup.

Exposure pathway

The route by which radioactivity travels through the environment to eventually cause radiation exposure to a person or group.

Financial assurance

A guarantee or other financial arrangement...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and Environmental SciencesSt. Mary’s UniversitySan AntonioUSA

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