And finally, Step 3 of the NRC’s magical plan
for getting rid of a nuclear reactor!

[Annotated by SEnRG in the Interest of “Truth in Decommissioning”]

 

3) License Termination Activities

The owner is required to submit a license termination plan within two years of the expected license termination. The plan addresses [in a cursory manner] each of the following: site characterization, remaining site dismantlement activities, plans for site remediation, detailed plans for final radiation surveys for release of the site, updated estimates of remaining decommissioning costs, and a supplement to the environmental report describing any new inforAfter Cleanupmation or significant environmental changes associated with the final cleanup.
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Most plans envision releasing the site to the public for unrestricted use, [Unrestricted? Let’s put a bomb factory there – or an active quarry. There’s a quarry next to the Indian Point site – and one right next to the Algonquin pipeline in Massachusetts.] meaning any residual radiation would be below NRC’s limits of 25 millirem annual exposure and there would be no further regulatory controls by the NRC. [How would they notice the difference? Almost no NRC controls while operating.]
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Any plan proposing release of a site for restricted use must describe the site’s end use, public consultation, institutional controls, and financial assurance needed to comply with the requirements for license termination for restricted release. [Harder and more expensive for the company to maintain safety controls than it is to just walk away?]
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The license termination report requires NRC approval [get out the rubber stamp . . . ] of a license amendment. Before approval can be given, an opportunity for hearing is published and a public meeting is held near the plant site. [ . . . and the ear plugs!]
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The NRC uses a standard review plan (NUREG-1700, “Standard Review Plan for Evaluating Nuclear Power Reactor License Termination Plans”) to ensure high quality and uniformity of the license termination plan reviews. [Uniformity in approval. Contamination? What contamination?]
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If the remaining dismantlement has been performed in accordance with the approved LTP and the NRC’s final survey demonstrates that the facility and site are suitable for release, the NRC issues a letter terminating the operating license [and letting the company walk free].
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Stay tuned. More “Adventures in Decommissioning” coming!
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