Full Title: Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants
Author(s): U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Publisher(s): U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Publication Date: January 1, 2015
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When a power company decides to close a nuclear power plant permanently, the facility must be decommissioned by safely removing it from service and reducing residual radioactivity to a level that permits release of the property and termination of the operating license. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has strict rules governing nuclear power plant decommissioning, involving cleanup of radioactively contaminated plant systems and structures, and removal of the radioactive fuel. These requirements protect workers and the public during the entire decommissioning process and the public after the license is terminated.