Innovative Techniques and Technologies to Support Characterisation and Decommissioning of Complex and Legacy Sites

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The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Working Party on Technical, Environmental and Safety Aspects of Decommissioning and Legacy Management (WPTES) is organising an international workshop on Innovative Techniques and Technologies to Support Characterisation and Decommissioning of Complex and Legacy Sites. Topics will include innovative site and radiological characterisation, as well as decommissioning techniques and technologies. The workshop will also provide information on application of existing technologies to new problems including lessons learnt and best practices to overcome the challenges associated with the use of existing technologies.

The workshop will gather implementers, representatives from government and regulatory agencies, researchers and other stakeholders involved in the decommissioning of complex and legacy sites. As regulators will be part of the workshop audience, presentations on regulatory concerns and perspectives will be included.

Objectives

The objectives for this conference (see the concept paper for more details):

  • To better understand current state of art of technologies and techniques used in characterisation and decommissioning of complex and legacy sites (e.g., radiological and site characterisation, decontamination, dismantling, demolition, material/waste management and risk assessment);
  • To better understand challenges to successful implementation of innovative techniques and technologies including additional research, regulatory acceptance and availability of guidance;
  • To better understand how risk assessment influences decommissioning activities including characterisation, decontamination, remedial and final status survey decision-making;
  • To better understand good practices and methods for implementation of techniques and technologies;
  • To provide recommendations for the future work of the WPTES task groups and WPTES Expert Group.
Workshop programme plan

The workshop will be held over three days and will include presentations, panel discussions and break-out sessions to discuss possible solutions to key issues. Preliminary workshop structure:

  • Welcome session (opening, introduction of participants, keynote speeches)
  • Session 1: Innovative techniques and technologies for radiological and site characterisation
    • Subtopic 1.1: Innovative technologies for radiological characterisation (general)
    • Subtopic 1.2: Innovative techniques and technologies for radiological characterisation of buildings and structures
    • Subtopic 1.3: Innovative techniques and technologies for radiological and site characterisation of land
    • Subtopic 1.4: Innovative techniques and technologies for surveys of subsurface soils and groundwater
  • Session 2: Innovative decontamination and decommissioning technologies and good practices for implementation of technologies
    • Subtopic 2.1: Innovative technologies used in D&D including use of technologies from other industries
    • Subtopic 2.2: Good practices for application of D&D technologies to reduce overall risk (e.g., reduce worker or member of the public dose or minimise waste generation)
    • Subtopic 2.3: Challenges associated with application of innovative technologies
  • Summary session (Summary of session Chairs, agreement on key findings and next steps, final remarks)
Practical information

Registration

Registration closing date: 15 November 2022

Please register through the registration page.

Venue

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

46, quai Alphonse Le Gallo

92100 Boulogne-Billancourt

France

Key Dates

Opening of registrations: 15 July 2022

Deadline for submission of presentations: 8 November 2022

Deadline for registrations: 15 November 2022

Workshop: 29 November - 1 December 2022

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee (PC) members responsible for the developing of the programme and preparation for the workshop are:

Cynthia BARR, NRC, US

Steve HARDY, NDA, UK

Thomas BRAUNROTH, GRS, Germany

Norbert MOLITOR, Plejades, Germany

Marc PEYROT, CEA, France

Emilio GARCIA NERI, ENRESA, Spain

Rick REID, EPRI, US

Kim BAINES, IAEA

Rebecca TADESSE, NEA

Martin BRANDAUER, NEA

When?
29 November 2022 - 1 December 2022
NEA premises, France
Contact
Martin BRANDAUER Teresa ALONSO DE VILLAPADIERNA