An idea for ‘continuous decommissioning’ has been put forward at the Gwynedd site. Proposed changes to nuclear decommissioning plans at Trawsfynydd could retain jobs for additional years at the site and also see low level radioactive waste remain in situ. An idea has been put forward for Trawsfynydd to go into “continuous decommissioning” rather than putting the site into care and maintenance for 60 years. This would mean that some of the existing 250 permanent and contracted jobs that are set to go over the next decade could be retained for years longer. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority(NDA) said that a number of factors made more continuous decommissioning possible. These were the growing availability of remote decommissioning tools, more experience in remote handling and storage of waste, and new advice from the International Atomic Energy Agency. But the NDA made clear that there had been no policy change at Trawsfynydd, which stopped operating in 1993.
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