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KEY FINDINGS

  1. The approaches used in the course of the SMP development are reflective of the scale, complexity, and scope of the problems that have to be resolved.

  2. A virtually all-encompassing approach to decommissioning and environmental rehabilitation – regardless of the origin of facilities and the agency responsible for their custody – coupled with due regard for diverse process chains and transportation links, and informed by a systemic multi-variable analysis, has produced a solid justification for the strategic decisions that have been made.

  3. Decommissioning of a nuclear fleet is the first experience in the context of large-scale decommissioning of nuclear facilities. This experience and, more specifically, the methodology that was put in practice can be used in the future to support decommissioning of nuclear power plants or nuclear fuel cycle facilities.

  4. A comprehensive, systemic approach used to develop the SMP may also be useful in helping the international community resolve a whole host of other complex global problems. Without question, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons is one such problem. To be fair, the non-proliferation problem is admittedly more complex, and the approaches described earlier in this paper will hardly be applicable to resolve this problem in its entirety. Having said this, individual elements of this problem will not only welcome this experience but will, in fact, benefit from it. Advanced nuclear technologies highly resistant to proliferation of sensitive and potentially hazardous nuclear materials is a good example of the utilization of this experience.



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