As one of the conditions for an operating license, the NRC requires the licensee to decommission the nuclear plant after it ceases operations. 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 the radioactive fuel. These requirements protect workers and the public during the entire decommissioning process and the public after the license is terminated.
For more information, see the following topics:
- Current Activities and Next Steps
- Background Information