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Interview with Vladimir Michal (IAEA)


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Do you know the IAEA outlook on decommissioning strategies and plans?

What would you say are the non-technical aspects that have to be taken into consideration in the decommissioning plan?
What trends in the field are to be anticipated in the future? Since Nuclear Decommissioning is undergoing fast and exciting technological changes, we can be excited what might be coming.
In an exclusive interview with Vladimir Michal from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) we talked about these and many more questions. Find out what we talked about more by reading this interview:

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Interview with Vladimir Michal (IAEA)

  1. 1. IAEA’s Vladimir Michal on Decommissioning Strategies and Plans Within the Department of Nuclear Energy and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology Division of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vladimir Michal is the Team Leader of the Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Team, Waste Technology Section. At the 3rd International Nuclear Decommissioning Summit in January in Berlin, Vladimir Michal will be speaking on “Immediate vs. Deferred Dismantling – Pre-analysis against post-problems”. Before the event takes place, IQPC’s Michael Lenz had the chance to talk to Vladimir Michal about the decommissioning activities supported by the IAEA, different decommissioning strategies, as well as political factors and environmental concerns. Read the full interview with our speaker here! Michael Lenz: Mr. Michal, we are very much looking forward to having you at the International Decommissioning event and once again thank you for having this interview. You will be giving an insight into relevant technical aspects of decommissioning and further you will provide us with an overview of decommissioning activities supported by the IAEA. Could you please tell us a little about your work with the IAEA? Vladimir Michal: In the IAEA I am in the Nuclear Energy Department as an Acting Head of Waste Technology Section focused on various technical aspects of radioactive waste management, decommissioning and environmental remediation. At the same time I am also a Team Leader responsible for decommissioning and environmental remediation issues. Our activities are focused on the development of thematically focused technical publications and we are very much involved in the implementation of technical cooperation projects to provide support for various countries in the world. We established an International Decommissioning Network to support decommissioning programme worldwide. We can also offer to our Member States various kinds of peer review services and many other supporting activities coordinated with the IAEA Departments of Nuclear Safety & Security and Technical Cooperation. Maybe this first overview is enough for the beginning of the interview. Michael Lenz: You said that a big part of the IAEA’s task is to analyze trends and movements. Would you say that there have been some very clear emerging trends in the last decade and which ones would be the most important ones in that regard? Vladimir Michal: We can see trends that special advanced technology, I mean remotely operated robotic technology, is used in the difficult cases of decommissioning. These are, for example, facilities that were shut down after an accident or old legacy facilities that exist in several countries. So this is one trend, and from the other side we can also see a more enhanced use of a variety of commercially available technologies in the case of nuclear facilities that were shut down after the normal operation and will be decommissioned in a standard Expert Interview