ARPANSA is inviting submissions on the draft Regulatory Guide: Decommissioning of Controlled Facilities.
This Regulatory Guide is provides guidance to licence holder, technical support organisations, and other interested parties on planning, conducting and completing the decommissioning of nuclear installations. It aims to assist in ensuring that the decommissioning of these facilities is conducted in a safe and environmentally acceptable manner in accordance with good international practice. This document is also used for regulatory assessment of a licence application for decommissioning a controlled facility.
This document provides guidance on planning for decommissioning, conducting decommissioning actions and terminating the authorisation of nuclear installations, such as research reactors, radioisotope production facilities, spent fuel management facilities and radioactive waste processing and storage facilities. It does not cover facilities using naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) or medical, industrial, research and radioactive waste disposal facilities. The document provides recommendations to assist in fulfilling the basic safety requirements for decommissioning. It includes guidance on the relevant safety and regulatory aspects, application of the graded approach, selection of the appropriate decom-missioning strategy, key considerations in facilitating decommissioning during design, construction and operation, development and review of decommissioning plans, main aspects of radiation protection for decommissioning, safety assessment, funding, decommissioning management, transition from operation to decommissioning and termination of the authorisation.
This Regulatory Guide addresses related considerations and activities for the decommissioning of nuclear research reactors, radioisotope production facilities, spent fuel management facilities and radioactive waste processing and storage facilities from design until completion of decommissioning. On the basis of general considerations regarding safety, radiation protection, protection of human health and the environment and regulatory aspects, this document provides guidance on the selection of a decommissioning strategy, development of initial and final decommissioning plans and implementation of decommissioning management principles. Several key decommissioning tasks are also discussed.
This guidance document is based on the safety requirements of the IAEA General Safety Requirements (Part 6): Decommissioning of Facilities and is drawn mainly from the IAEA guidance, found in the supporting IAEA Draft Safety Guide: Decommissioning of Nuclear installations, on how to meet the requirements. This document is written in the context of the legislative and regulatory framework of the Commonwealth of Australia for the nuclear installations owned by Commonwealth entities, but can be applied generally in other jurisdictions.
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