Chapter 7
Risk Analysis in Decommissioning


Decommissioning a nuclear facility requires a multitude of decisions that may have wide ranging effects. One critical aspect to consider in making decisions is the risk of potential adverse impacts on the facility workforce, the public, and the ecosystem. According to the American Association of Engineering Societies, risk analysis may be considered to include three essential modules: assessment, management, and communication. These modules are interrelated, as shown in Figure 7.1 (AAES 1998).

  • 7.1 Introduction
  • 7.2 Risk Assessment
  • 7.3 Risk Management
  • 7.3.1 Characterized Risk
  • 7.3.2 Comparative Risk Assessment
  • 7.3.3 Cost Assessment
  • 7.3.4 Cost/Benefit Assessment
  • 7.3.5 Perception of Risk
  • 7.4 Risk Communication
  • 7.4.1 The Message
  • 7.4.2 Message Source
  • 7.4.3 Message Recipient
  • 7.4.4 Message Channel
  • 7.5 Case Studies of Risk Analysis
  • 7.5.1 Corrective Measures Study at the Nevada Test Site
  • 7.5.2 PCB Wastes at Ashtabula

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