Fact Sheet on Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 30, 2011

Fact Sheet includes Decommissioning Status for Shut Down NRC-Licensed Power Reactors (As of April 2011): “When a power company decides to close its nuclear power plant permanently, the facility must be decommissioned by safely removing it from service and reducing residual radioactivity to a level that permits release of the property and termination of the operating license. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has strict rules governing nuclear power plant decommissioning, involving cleanup of radioactively contaminated plant systems and structures and removal of the radioactive fuel. These requirements protect workers and the public during the entire decommissioning process and the public after the license is terminated.”

  • See also Ensuring Nuclear Safety, by Gregory Jaczko, Chairman of the NRC since 2009 and a Commissioner since 2005
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