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Mr. ho has done it. He is nevertheless interested in such a possible US-practice, but proposes to let the decision be taken by the plant operators. AU. K. participant recalls that the paper is supposed to deal with reactors that have not been shut-down due to break-downs or accidents. She suspects that there will be a pressure to get longer useful life out of existing reactors and that there will finally be a number of minor breakdowns leading to the decision to close the plant. Without suggesting any maj or break-down, such smaller incidents, which do not result in a lower 43 safety level, may present to decommissioning more unexpected problems.

It estimated requirements for maintenance, inspection and needs for technical control to keep the facility in a safe condition but ready to be dismantled sometime in the future. The related costs were also assessed. The study report also identifies the information which will be needed to allow the correct choice of option to be selected. The following contribution is not intended as a summary of the study but rather to highlight some of the more significant findings. 27. Vessel, Primary and Auxiliary Circuits For LWR's there apparently will not be any inherent difficulties in leaving the main circuits drained and filled with dry air for at least a few decades and to ensure the tightness of gaskets and stuffing boxes particularly in relation to BWR.

17. The disadvantages of this option would be the need to monitor and protect the residual structure for this long period especially with respect to corrosion and the accumulated cost could be significant, especially if there were no other power stations nearby to provide a base for security and monitoring staff. Also when final clearance was eventually undertaken the possible advantages to be gained from improved technology could be offset to an extent by more stringent regulations and the costs of re-establishing site services.

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