KM in Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation (D&ER)

A large number of nuclear installations are approaching the end of their operational lifetime and many have already been shut-down. All these installations are to be decommissioned. Equally, numerous sites are to be cleaned up and undergo environmental remediation. A related issue to be addressed is the safe management of radioactive waste that is generated during implementation of both decommissioning and environmental remediation activities.

One of the areas playing a key role in the smooth implementation of any decommissioning or environmental remediation project is knowledge management, including issues such as preservation of facility and site design knowledge and historical records, sharing and capitalising on good decommissioning practices and lessons learned, assuring the competence of personnel involved in decommissioning and site remediation activities, and transfer of knowledge to future generations. The latter will be a major challenge for many Member States to meet future D&ER needs.

Mission Plan

Activities are aimed at assisting nuclear organizations involved in various phases of decommissioning and environmental remediation in the development and implementation of knowledge management policies, strategies, and programmes to help assuring the competence of plant and contractor personnel, knowledge retention and transfer.

This is achieved through the development of:

  • Guidance documents and tools for the dissemination of knowledge management methods and approaches
  • Repositories for sharing D&ER case studies, good practices, and lessons learned
  • Support in building Communities of Practice.

Several of these activities are conducted in collaboration with Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Waste Technology Division (NEFW)

Target Audience

Knowledge managers, decommissioning licensees, contractors and suppliers, regulators, research and development, academia, and other stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, local communities, general public).

For more information please contact the Scientific Secretary M. Urso at: NKM-Contact