Decommissioning is the process by which nuclear power plants are retired from service and terminate the operating licenses they’d been granted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. To ensure that decommissioning is safe and environmentally sound, the NRC has established clear regulations and associated guidance outlining the requirements and processes companies must follow. This decommissioning process facilitates participation by state and local authorities at several points along the way.
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), like drones, are among the major transformational technologies that are expanding in their range of beneficial applications, but they can also pose a significant threat to nuclear facilities. The benefits are clear – photography, videography, delivery services, and the recreational enjoyment of flight. But as the technology continues to evolve, so too does its potential to be adapted for malicious purposes.
Abstract from Jerud E. Hanson:
In this paper I will discuss the benefits of engaging with commercial nuclear power utilities, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and DOE National Laboratories to explore the use of innovative security technologies to sustain the commercial nuclear power industry.
Abstract from Jerud E. Hanson and G. G. Young:
This paper will demonstrate the long-term economic and environmental benefits of extending the operation of the U.S.’s nuclear reactors to 80 years, and will provide perspective from those U.S. utilities that intend to pursue second license renewal (SLR.)