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

1 1– 22 April 2016

Deadline for Nominations: 22 February 2016

International Conference on Advancing the Global Implementation of Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Programmes. Madrid, Spain. 23–27 May 2016


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 also presenting those aspects that can constrain or delay project implementation and discuss potential mechanisms that can assist in overcoming these barriers.

Expected Outputs

The course will enable the participants to understand the fundamentals of the main activities involved in decommissioning projects and associated environmental remediation activities and appropriate the necessary infrastructure that must be put in place to carry on D&ER projects. This overview will improve participants' managerial capabilities related to the planning and execution of these projects thus contributing to facilitating their implementation.

Expected Outputs

The course will take place over a two-week period, providing:

  • Lectures on key topics related to dismantling, decontamination, demolition and clean-up works of contaminated facilities. (Week 1)
  • Interactive exercises to demonstrate key concepts, methods and tools (Week 2)

This course will be based on the elements covered by the Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards – General Safety Requirements GSR Part 3, IAEA Safety Guides WS-G-3.1 (environmental remediation) and WS-G-2.4 (decommissioning) and other supporting technical documents. The CIDER Project Report (in publication) will also provide important elements for discussion during the course. 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 five years. Although it 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:

  • Policies and Strategies on D&ER and Regulatory Framework
  • Project planning, management, cost-estimation and decision-making
  • Site characterization, sampling, and analysis
  • Safety Assessment
  • Stakeholder involvement and risk communication
  • Data management
  • Technology selection and deployment, proven and emerging technologies and materials for environmental remediation and decommissioning
  • Site closure and long term stewardship
  • 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 Environmental Management and Remediation Network (ENVIRONET) and International Decommissioning Network (IDN), 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.


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