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Decommissioning of the coprecipitation plant, which made plutonium/uranium oxide fuel, is a lead project in the BNFL Sellafield decommissioning programme. The overall programme has the objectives of gaining data and experience in a wide range of decommissioning operations and hence, in this specific project, to pilot the decommissioning of plant heavily contaminated with plutonium and other actinides. Consequently the operations have been used to test improvements in temporary containment, contamination control and decontamination methods and also to develop in situ plutonium assay, plutonium recovery and size-reduction methods. Finally the project also yields data on manpower requirements, personnel radiation uptake and waste arisings to help in the planning of future decommissioning projects.

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Authors: BUCK S, British Nuclear Fuels plc, Sellafield, Cumbria (GB);COLQUHOUN A, British Nuclear Fuels plc, Sellafield, Cumbria (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13057 EN (1990) 30 pp., FS, ECU 5
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1780-7
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