B.3 Development of Reference Regulations for Decommissioning (based on the new Safety Requirements and Guides)
The objective of radioactive waste management, including decommissioning, is to deal with radioactive waste in a manner that protects individuals, society and the environment now and in the future without imposing undue burdens on future generations. This objective is achieved by establishing a framework for decommissioning and radioactive waste management practices that ensures compliance with international safety requirements.
At present, many countries are facing decommissioning of their shutdown and ageing facilities without having a proper regulatory framework for decommissioning and waste management. In some of them, the existing waste management framework is oriented only towards operational waste management, while the decommissioning component is completely missing.
The IAEA has been working systematically to provide guidance, services and training events for assisting its Member States to establish the decommissioning and waste management infrastructure needed for safe preparation and implementation of decommissioning activites.
An additional step and logical continuation of the IAEA efforts in this direction is the development of model reference regulations for decommissioning based on the IAEA Safety Standards. The need for model reference regulations for decommissioning is a gap that has been identified in many expert missions and by the organizers of the IAEA’s school for drafting, revising and reviewing of regulations.
The project objective is to develop reference regulations for decommissioning to be used by the Member States in establishing a regulatory framework for preparation and implementation of decommissioning of facilities containing radioactive materials.
- Enhanced capabilities of Member States in the development of national decommissioning regulations. The Member States’ capabilities to regulate the implementation of safe and efficient decommissioning will be strengthened by the use of reference regulations, which will be based on international Safety Standards and good practices;
- The resulting IAEA reference regulations can be used by Member States as a starting point in developing national decommissioning regulations.
Beneficiary Countries: All Member States
This project is part of the IAEA’s approved Programme and Budget for 2014-15 and is included under IAEA Project 188.8.131.52 on “Decommissioning and Remediation Safety”. The project is conducted by the IAEA with supplementary funding from the European Union.
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