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Practical Training Course on Planning and Implementation of Nuclear Facility Decommissioning and Remediation of Radioactively Contaminated Sites

5 - 16 May 2014



The primary objective of this training course is to provide implementing and regulatory organizations with a global understanding of the key aspects that need to be considered in the planning and implementation of Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Projects.

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 improve their managerial capabilities related to the planning and execution of these projects thus contributing to facilitating their implementation.

Scope and Nature

The course will take place over a two-week period, providing:
- Lectures on key topics related to dismantling, decontamination and decommissioning and remediation works of contaminated sites. (Week 1)
- Interactive exercises to demonstrate key concepts, methods and tools (Week 2)

The course will be based on the elements covered by the IAEA Safety Guides WS-G-3.1 (environmental remediation) and WS-G-2.4 (decommissioning). Appropriate analytical and project management tools for the implementation and oversight, sound and cost-effective strategies in the fields of decommissioning and environmental remediation will be covered.

The course has been evolving for the last four years. Although its core contents are the same, new elements are added every year and more weight has been continuously given to exercises and demonstration events.

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 technical reports will be used to support the lectures.

Over the two-week period the following topics will be addressed:
  • Regulation and policy;
  • Project planning, management and decision-making;
  • Characterization, sampling, and analysis;
  • Safety Assessment
  • Stakeholder invlivement and risk communication;
  • Data management
  • New technology selection, emerging technologies and materials for environmental remediation and decommissioning
  • Site closure and long term stewardship; and
  • Other topics specifically of interest to each sub-group.
In addition, the course will provide participants with details on IAEA networking opportunities, e.g. via the IAEA International Decommissioning Network (IDN) and Environmental Management and Remediation Network (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, Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


Karen P. Smith
Lawrence E. Boing
Horst Richard Sebastian MONKEN FERNANDES
Peter Booth
Rick Demmer
Lisa A. Durham
Tom Hansen
Robert Johnson
David LePoire
Margaret MacDonell
Louis Martino
Dustin G. Miller
Charley Yu
D. Draper
Robin Shult
Joe Carignan
L. Moos

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