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Decommissioning of nuclear installations

The Commission of the European Communities is conducting research on the decommissioning of nuclear installations with the prime objective of developing effective techniques and procedures to ensure the protection of man and his environment against the potential hazards of nuc...
The Commission of the European Communities is conducting research on the decommissioning of nuclear installations with the prime objective of developing effective techniques and procedures to ensure the protection of man and his environment against the potential hazards of nuclear installations that have been finally shut down.

The 1984-1988 programme of research on the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, extending to all types of installations of the nuclear fuel cycle, produced numerous scientific and technical achievements, some of which have already been tested on an industrial scale. These results, together with reports on selected important projects performed outside the EEC, were presented at a Congress held in Brussels on 24-27 October 1989. The 81 papers delivered at the Congress cover topics including:

- Decommissioning strategy;
- Design features facilitating decommissioning:
- Remote operation for dismantling and decontamination:
- Dismantling techniques;
- Radioactivity measurement methods;
- Estimation of waste quantities and their disposal prospects;
- Large transport and/or disposal containers;
- Steel waste melting with a view to recycling or conditioning;
- Decontamination for decommissioning purposes;
- Ventilation and filtration techniques for decommissioning purposes;
- Treatment of decommissioning waste;
- Decommissioning methodology and recycling of material;
- Large-scale decommissioning operations;

The proceedings of the Conference, issued in one volume, include papers, session discussions and conclusions, and the final panel discussion on achievements and future tasks.

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