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Practical Training Course in Nuclear Facility Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Skills

08 April - 19 April 2013



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

Host Country Organizer

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL.




The primary objective of this training course is to provide implementing and regulator organizations with appropriate analytical and project management tools for the implementation and oversight of safe, appropriate and cost-effective strategies in the fields of decommissioning and environmental remediation.

Expected Output(s)

The course will enable the participants to understand the fundamentals of the main activities involved in decommissioning projects and associated environmental remediation activities. This understanding will enable them to be informed of the main needs in the planning and implementation of these 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 (Week 1)
  • Interactive exercises to demonstrate key concepts, methods and tools (Week 2)
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;
  • Decommissioning and Remediation technology selection;
  • Site release; 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 technical subject matter experts from various companies and institutions and regulatory experts including staff from US organisations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Background Information

Delaying the decommissioning and/or remediation of disused nuclear facilities may result in legacy situations that require - because of progressive deterioration of the facilities and structures and land - the application of significant additional resources in order to achieve satisfactory remediation of the facility sites. This project will assist MS with limited resources in developing strategies for tackling these issues.

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 cleanup actions, national research organizations.)

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.

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Karen Smith
Larry Boing
Jim Mitchell
Brian Cooper
John Bing-Canar
Gene Jablonowski
David Frothingham
Robin Shult
Vern Rogers Jr.
Patrick Thurman
Joe Carignan
Tom Hansen
Doug Draper
Frederic Chambon
Charlie Yu
Dave LePoire
Lisa Durham
Bob Johnson
Peter Booth

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