How Long Does it take to Decommission a Nuclear Power Plant

As the era of U.S. nuclear energy winds down, decommissioning of nuclear power plants is becoming a major industry. Plants must have funds set aside for commissioning, which may take up to 60 years to complete. Private companies are acquiring these companies, taking over their licenses, liability, decommissioning funds, and waste contracts.

The nuclear regulatory activities of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) include decommissioning nuclear facilities. This involves safely removing a facility or site 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 the removal of radioactive fuel. These requirements protect workers and the public during the entire decommissioning process and the public after the license is terminated.

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