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decommissioning

[dē·kə′mish·ən·iŋ]
(nucleonics)
The process of shutting down a nuclear facility such as a nuclear reactor or reprocessing plant so as to provide adequate protection from radiation exposure and to isolate radioactive contamination from the human environment.
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While North America is the largest market for decommissioning, the European region has the largest amount of offshore decommissioning spending, based on the size and volume of the structures being decommissioned in the North Sea, including concrete gravity-based structures (GBSs)," said Grigorij Serscikov, senior manager.
Upon deregulation, however, it is unclear whether utilities will be able to continue re covering decommissioning costs from ratepayers, particularly for plants that will not be decommissioned for many years (some are scheduled to be decommissioned as late as 2030).
Based on what I've heard, I remain to be convinced myself that this time it's for real - that all IRA weapons have been decommissioned in an effective manner.
At the moment, the German centre is managing the operations for removing waste accumulated during past research activities and has decommissioned obsolete equipment.
Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine said he believed that the Ulster Volunteer Force, with which his party is associated, was unlikely to start giving up its weapons until the IRA had decommissioned all of its arsenal.
To date, 19 reactors have been completely decommissioned worldwide.
Over 1,800 wells are scheduled to be plugged and abandoned and around 7,500 km of pipeline is forecast to be decommissioned.
Mr Mackay said he could "live with" IRA proposals to allow its leaders to hold on to sidearms if the republican terror group decommissioned all its illegal weapons.
The rapporteur, Giles Chichester (European People's Party, UK), underlined the need to ensure that nuclear power plants that were at the end of their active life were decommissioned safely, which nobody contradicted.
According to the report, more than 200 nuclear reactors - accounting for about half of the world's nuclear facilities - will be decommissioned, assuming no life extensions are granted.
More than 300 research reactors and critical assemblies have been fully decommissioned.