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Regional Practical Training Course on Nuclear Facility Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Skills



The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Government of USA through Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL


To provide implementing and regulatory organizations with a comprehensive overview of topics related to decommissioning and environmental remediation projects, including project management tools, with emphasis on elements of safety and the development of cost-effective implementation strategies.

Expected Output(s)

The course will enable the participants to understand the fundamentals of the main activities relevant to decommissioning and environmental remediation projects. This understanding will enable them to be informed of the main needs when planning and/or implementing such projects.

Scope and Nature

The course will take place over a two-week period, providing:
  • lectures on key topics related to D&D and ER projects
  • interactive exercises to demonstrate key concepts, methods and tools
The training modules in the first part of the course will be presented using a format based on the proven learning sequence of lecture- , video- and field-observation and discussion. In addition, where applicable, IAEA resource documents such as guides, standards and reports available to Member States will be used to support understanding of the effective implementation of decommissioning.

Over the two-week period the following topics will be addressed:
  • Project planning and decision-making;
  • Stakeholder involvement;
  • Regulation and policy;
  • Characterization, sampling, and analysis;
  • Risk assessment and communication;
  • Data management;
  • Remediation technology selection;
  • Site closure; and
  • Other topics specifically of interest to each sub-group.
In addition, the course will provide participants details on IAEA networking opportunities (e.g. via the IDN and ENVIRONET), their resources, and opportunities for assisting them. It is anticipated that the course instructors will include staff from US organizations such as the US Environmental Protection Agency, (USEPA) Department of Energy (USDOE) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.(NRC)

Background Information

Delaying the decommissioning of disused nuclear facilities or the remediation of contaminated sites may result in legacy situations that will further require - due to the progressive deterioration of the facilities and structures and the spread of the contamination - the application of significant additional resources in order to achieve satisfactory results This project will assist MS in developing capabilities to formulate strategies for tackling decommissioning and environmental remediation projects.


The training course is open to up to 15 English speaking participants from 19 target countries. The target countries are: Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, United States of America and Uzbekistan.

Participants' Qualifications

The targeted audience for this training course is project managers, planners and other senior staff at organizations working on (or eventually to be designated as being responsible for) D&D and ER projects (e.g. State or national resource management and regulatory agencies, operators of facilities or sites needing or undergoing large scale clean up actions, national researchorganizations.)

Prior background or familiarity of those areas related to decommissioning or the decommissioning field will be useful for this training course. The modules will be designed to ensure that any participant who currently only has a general idea of the process used to decommission nuclear facilities will be able to learn a substantial amount on the details of the process from this course. A basic understanding of some fundamentals of health physics and radioactive waste management is required. An important characteristic of those attending will be a genuine interest in becoming knowledgeable in the technical area of decommissioning and/or environmental remediation practice and to become a national and regional resource as well as a facility specific resource for their countries. In this regard, participants should be either currently active in the field, or from organizations willing to make that commitment on their behalf, and willing to offer their assistance on a timely basis to others in their region with similar needs.

Participants must be nominated by the competent national authority of the Member State and, most specifically, by the Member States' official counterpart for the project.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations should be submitted to the IAEA online through the Technical Cooperation Department's InTouch system ( Should this not be possible, nominations may be submitted on the standard IAEA Application Form for Training Courses (available on the IAEA website: Completed forms should be endorsed by relevant national authorities and returned to the Agency through the official channels, i.e. the designated National Liaison Office for IAEA Matters.

The completed nomination forms should be sent to the Programme Management Officer for this project, Mr Mykola Kurylchyk, through IAEA Official Fax (+43-1-26007) or E-Mail ([email protected]), not later than 15 February 2012. Nominations received after this date or which have not been routed through the established official channels cannot be considered.

Administrative and Financial Arrangements

Nominating Governments will be informed in due course of the names of the candidates who have been selected and will, at that time, be given full details of the procedures to be followed with regard to administrative and financial matters.

Selected participants from countries eligible to receive technical assistance will be provided with a round trip economy class air ticket from their home countries to Chicago, United State of America and a Stipend. Shipment of accumulated training course materials to the participants' home countries is not the responsibility of the IAEA.

The organizers of the training course do not accept liability for the payment of any cost or compensation that may arise from damage to or loss of personal property, or from illness, injury, disability or death of a participant while he/she is travelling to and from or attending the training course, and it is clearly understood that each Government, in nominating participants, undertakes responsibility for such coverage. Governments would be well advised to take out insurance against these risks.

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