Danish Decommissioning

Man. Director: Ole Kastbjerg Nielsen

DD is a state enterprise established in 2003, which is now under the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Our main tasks are:

To dismantle the six original nuclear facilities at Risø. The decommissioning must be done in a safe, environmentally sound and economically optimal way.

To receive, treat and store radioactive waste from Danish users of radioactive isotopes.

To participate in the process, which by 2073 must have led to a permanent solution for the radioactive waste. Until then, Danish Decommissioning must store the waste.

We are subject to supervision by The Danish Health Authority, Radiation Protection and by The Danish Emergency Management Agency. We have also established an external whistleblowing scheme where staff and regular partners can submit information on illegal or objectionable matters without fear of negative consequences.

The 85 or so staff carry out a variety of tasks, some of them highly specialised: planning of the decommissioning, dismantling of installations, waste management, operation and maintenance, radiation protection of staff and the environment, administration, etc. Some of the staff know the nuclear installations from when they were in operation.

DD is organized into nine units and a staff function. See the organizational chart here and more details below.

More about us

We are divided into nine units plus a staff function

Executive board

Managing Director: Ole Kastbjerg Nielsen and Technical Director: Kirsten Hjerrild Nielsen. The latter, who has a degree in reactor engineering and practical experience from when Risø's reactors were in operation, also acts as DD's nuclear expert.

Quality Management & Regulatory Collaboration

The staff function "Quality Management & Authority Collaboration" reports to the CEO and is responsible for maintaining the quality management system and ensuring compliance with the requirements for authority-related communication.

Quality
The quality management system includes the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to Danish Decommissioning. Danish Decommissioning is certified/accredited in relation to three standards:

  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 17025, which allows Danish Decommissioning to measure and release waste in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements
  • KLS - relating to electricity safety

Regulatory cooperation
The person responsible for regulatory cooperation ensures that the documents sent between DD and the nuclear regulatory authorities meet the requirements for such documents. Both in terms of structure, content and quality assurance and subsequent case processing internally in DD, including journaling. In addition, it is also ensured that DD lives up to its obligations for reporting to the nuclear regulatory authorities.

Management Secretariat

Manager: Anja Kraag. This unit supports the entire management/organisation and solves cross-organisational tasks of a strategic nature:

  • Drive forward the process of final disposal of radioactive waste together with other organisations directly involved
  • Handle waste tasks of a long-term strategic nature, related to final disposal
  • Contribute to other political processes and decisions related to DD tasks
  • Assist in law, HR, organisational development and communication
  • Conduct strategic tenders

Finance, IT & Service

Manager: Vacant. Supports the entire the organisation by performing the following main tasks:

  • Strategic financial management
  • IT
  • Information security
  • Operation/maintenance and adaptation of buildings
  • Procurement
  • Administrative operations

Radiation protection

Manager: Mikkel Øberg. Supports the entire organisation by carrying out the following main tasks:

  • Radiation protection: advice, training, control/monitoring and health physical preparedness
  • Waste characterisation (radiological and physical-chemical) and continuous updating of our total waste inventory
  • Documentation and regulatory correspondence, including safety assessments and analyses
  • Contribute to identifying the need for research and development activities in relation to a final repository
  • Maintain our ISO 17025:2017 accreditation for waste release

Laboratories

Manager: João Silva. Supports the entire organisation by performing the following main tasks:

  • Radiation protection: monitoring, assistance and surveillance, including radiation protection preparedness
  • Operation of four laboratories, including waste characterisation
  • Responsibility for sources in laboratories
  • Contribution to tasks in the field of safeguards of nuclear materials

Development & Strategic Waste Planning

Manager: Charlotte Hjorth. Performs technical-operational tasks related to the waste treatment and storage to be carried out at Risø in the coming years:

  • The ongoing project to build a new, upgraded storage facility in collaboration with our advisors
  • Design/development of new facilities including waste management equipment
  • Strategic planning of waste processes, including characterisation, conditioning and volume reduction
  • Documentation and regulatory correspondence related to the team's tasks
  • Safeguards of the nuclear materials covered

Decommissioning

Manager: Bjarne Hindborg Rasmussen. Carries out the planning, coordination, documentation of and regulatory correspondence related to the remaining decommissioning tasks:

  • DR 3
  • Hot Cells
  • The waste treatment plant and storage facilities

Operations & Waste Management

Manager: Kenn-Ulrik Brix Sørensen. Handles the executive tasks related to operations and waste treatment:

  • Technical guard function
  • Waste handling
  • Maintenance of equipment and facilities
  • Waste packaging

Performing Decommissioning

Manager: Niels Ebbesen. Handles the executive tasks related to the decommissioning tasks:

  • Practical decommissioning work
  • Drawings, work schedules, etc.
  • Electrical tasks
  • Waste packaging

Danish Decommissioning values

We base our work on three fundamental values

Defensibility

Weset high safety and quality standards. We are aware that we work with radioactive materials and in areas where radiation can occur, and the working environment must be in order. We focus on acting responsibly in relation to the rest of society through safe handling of radioactive waste.

Development

Newtasks require new solutions. We continuously develop our employees' skills so that we have the best possible prerequisites for solving tasks responsibly. We continuously develop processes, methods, tools and facilities, and we learn from the best international experiences and share our own experiences.

Involvement

Wewant to be as open as possible about our tasks, both internally and externally. We are conscious of involving all relevant competencies in the task solution. We want to involve all relevant stakeholders in an active dialog process in connection with the development of a final repository solution for the radioactive waste.

Visualization of Danish Decommissioning's core values: Development, Involvement and Accountability