The Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM) was created in 2018 following the request from Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) member countries to enhance the NEA’s visibility in nuclear decommissioning and legacy management. Although the first NEA programmes on decommissioning already date back to 1978, the creation of the CDLM reflects the Agency’s goals in providing governments and other relevant stakeholders with authoritative, reliable information on the political, strategic and regulatory aspects of decommissioning and legacy management. The committee also aims to achieve collaborative advance of the state of the art of technical, environmental, policy, financial and societal aspects in its areas of work.
The committee provides a forum for international senior experts representing national agencies with policy and programme responsibilities, regulatory and implementer authorities, operators, service providers, research institutes and other relevant stakeholders to exchange experience and information. Broadly, the topics of interest of the CDLM include:
Members of the CDLM consist of NEA member countries as well as the European Commission (EC). There is close collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which participates in the work of the committee as an observer.
The CDLM applies a holistic as well as a sustainable approach to dealing with decommissioning and legacy management. In this way, the CDLM systematically identifies its activities by focusing on four aspects of decommissioning and legacy management: 1) regulatory and legal; 2) economic; and 3) societal. These aspects, according to the holistic approach accepted by the CDLM, are considered in the context of three frameworks: legislative, organisational and regulatory.
Some outcomes related to decommissioning and legacy management from the former Working Party on Decommissioning and Dismantling (WPDD) in the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) are listed for reference.
The NEA Division of Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning (RWMD) supports the Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM) in conducting international peer reviews and providing expert feedback to ensure that best practices in regulatory and technical methodologies are adopted in decommissioning and legacy management.
In achieving its objectives, the CDLM is assisted by its working parties and expert groups as listed in the diagram above.
As of 2019, the Regulators’ Forum (RF) supports both the CDLM and the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) to undertake regulatory challenges in radioactive waste management and nuclear decommissioning and legacy management.
The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) also supports both the RWMC and the CDLM committees as of 2019. The FSC assists both committees to address societal issues related to radioactive waste management, decommissioning and legacy management.
The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) was established by the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) in 2000 and serves as a platform for understanding stakeholder dialogue and discussing methods to develop shared confidence, informed consent and approval of radioactive waste (RW) management solutions. A stakeholder is defined as any actor – institution, group or individual – with an interest or a role to play in the radioactive waste management process. The FSC provides a setting for direct stakeholder exchange in an atmosphere of mutual respect and learning.