Decommissioning, Radioactive Waste and Environmental Management (SC4110)

 

Course outline

This course covers: the scientific, environmental and socio-political issues surrounding the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Environmental principles applicable to plant decommissioning and storage of nuclear waste. Plant and equipment requirements for processing nuclear waste products. The impact of radioactive waste on the environment and community. Strategic Environmental Assessments, decommissioning of nuclear facilities and the storage of nuclear waste.

 

Credit Value

7.5 ECTS

 

Course content

           Decommissioning

           Sustainable practice on nuclear sites

           Clean-up, decontamination and remediation

           Radioactive waste, disposal, packaging and storage; an international, comparative review

           Policy, governance, social and political issues

           Best practicable environmental options

           Environmental Impact Assessment

           Waste disposal, packaging and storage

           Strategic Environmental Assessments

           Orientation for completion of assessed exercise

 

Learning outcome

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

           Discuss the scientific, environmental and socio-political issues affecting the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and legacy nuclear waste management.

           Critically evaluate the environmental principles applicable to plant decommissioning and storage of nuclear waste.

           Discuss the principal plant and equipment requirements for processing nuclear waste products and decommissioning radioactive facilities.

           Explain Strategic Environmental Assessments, and apply this knowledge to case studies in the decommissioning nuclear facilities and storage of nuclear waste

           Acquire and use the principal sources of data on environmental and socio-political issues affecting the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and storage of nuclear waste.

 

Method of delivery

The majority of teaching is undertaken in intensive mode within a single (pulse) attendance of one week duration. The course lectures are delivered by both academic staff from UCLan and by practitioners from industry in the various subject areas. This allows the students to understand the theory and see how it is applied in practice. The students are supplied with pre-course learning and during the course are provided with short tutorial and discussion sessions where they can test their understanding. Further references are provided with the lectures.

 

Location of study

UCLan Preston campus

 

Start Date

24th September 2018 (one week duration)

 

Maximum number of ANNETTE participants

Five

 

Course enquiries

Dr Jonathan Francis

PL / Head of John Tyndall Institute

Academic Lead for Energy, Fire & Sustainability

School of Engineering,

Computing and Technology Building, CM023

University of Central Lancashire

Preston, PR1 2HE

 

Email: JFrancis1@uclan.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0) 1772 89 3229