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Dr. Kimberly Petry

Dr. Kimberly Petry
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition at the U.S. Department of Energy

Biography: Dr. Kimberly Petry leads the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary with responsibility for planning and preparations for transport and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste and the possibility of interim storage for spent nuclear fuel. She has worked extensively in matters involving the management of national laboratory infrastructure and operations, and the promotion of environmental sustainability. Dr. Petry earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, her MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and her BA from McDaniel College in French.


Viktor Dolin

Lead Panelist: Viktor Dolin
Research Director of the State Institution "The institute of Environmental Geochemistry of NAS of Ukraine", a member of National Committee for Radiation Protection of Ukraine

Biography: Environmental scientist, author, and co-author of almost 300 scientific publications. MS in Chemistry (1985), PhD in Geochemistry (1996), Associated Prof. in State Technogenic Safety (2000), Dr. of Geol. Sciences in Environmental Safety and Security (2004), Prof. in Environmental safety and Security (2013), Recipient of National Prize of Ukraine (2006). Head of Editorial Board of Scientific Journal Geochemistry of Technogenesis (Ukraine). Head of the Committee for Comprehensive Safety Analysis of Radiation Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel Management of the National Committee for Radiation Protection of Ukraine. From 1986 research activity is conjugated with the environmental safety problems of Chornobyl Catastrophe.


Dr. Joerg Feinhals

Dr. Joerg Feinhals
CEO at Association for Radiation Protection for Germany and Switzerland. Recently retired

Abstract: Clearance is the most used option to minimize the volume of radioactive waste. German NPPs are using clearance for approx. 97% of the waste generated during decommissioning.

After a historical reflection of the development of clearance regulations, the main future challenges in clearance are discussed. These are among others:

  • Personal expertise: We do not have enough well trained experts in clearance for the next decades in Germany, as all German NNPs will be soon shut off and starting dismantling and not enough trained people are available.
  • Dose concept for release of sites: Even in EC we have very different national requirements. While Germany is using also the de minimis dose concept for land areas, other countries like Sweden are using different dose concepts for release of sites (e.g. 100 µSv/a).
  • Dependency between the national plan for disposal of radioactive waste and clearance regulations. Modifications of clearance regulations can affect the amount of waste very decisively. If the effectiveness for clearance is reduced by modifications of clearance regulations, the planned (or already realized) capacity of national disposal facility can be not enough.

The discussion of these issues underpins the importance of clearance within the next decades.