Contaminated equipment packing and transportation

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Title: Contaminated equipment packing and transportation
Author: Zado, Vladimir
Abstract: The nuclear power plants are significant source of the equipment contamination by radioactive particles. Versatile equipment is used during plant operation and/or maintenance and is contaminated while performing required operations. Usually, the decontamination of used equipment is performed but in many cases the residual level of contamination is still higher than allowed for unconditional release. The usual routine is to apply the same equipment for the maintenance works of other nuclear power plants. Such approach gains the problem of packaging of the contaminated equipment into applicable containers and transportation of these containers to other nuclear facility where equipment is unpacked and used again. Due to the hazardous effect on the environment and living beings, the contaminated equipment is under special attention. All countries develop and apply commonly accepted international regulations for storage, packaging and transportation of contaminated materials or modify and adjust them in order to achieve better protection rules. The assessment of current international and Croatian regulations is the aim of this thesis in order to determine minimal conditions that need to be met for proper packing and transport of the contaminated equipment. Moreover, the procedure is developed for the transportation of surface contaminated objects in accordance with requirements of the regulations and applicable laws. Following the instructions of the procedure the contaminated tools (surface contaminated objects) can be safely transported.
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Date: 2001

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