Standard Active Last Updated: Feb 17, 2021
ASTM E2420-15(2021)

Standard Guide for Post-Deactivation Surveillance and Maintenance of Radiologically Contaminated Facilities

Significance and Use

4.1 The purpose of this guide is to provide the user information and guidance for preparation of a plan for the surveillance and maintenance of nuclear facilities that have been deactivated and are awaiting D&D.

4.1.1 This document provides guidance for performing S&M in a way that will ensure worker and public safety, while also addressing stakeholder requirements.

4.1.2 Use of this guide helps standardize the basic requirements for S&M of nuclear facilities.

4.2 Use of this guide helps ensure that the S&M plan addresses the significant activities and actions necessary to maintain these facilities in a safe and stable condition until they can be decommissioned.


1.1 This guide outlines a method for developing a Surveillance and Maintenance (S&M) plan for inactive nuclear facilities. It describes the steps and activities necessary to prevent loss or release of radioactive or hazardous materials, and to minimize physical risks between the deactivation phase and the start of facility decontamination and decommissioning (D&D).

1.2 The primary concerns for S&M are related to (1) animal intrusion, (2) structural integrity degradation, (3) water in-leakage, (4) contamination migration, (5) unauthorized personnel entry, and (6) theft/intrusion. This document is intended to serve as a guide only, and is not intended to modify existing regulations.

1.3 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 12.02
Developed by Subcommittee: E10.03
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/E2420-15R21
ICS Code: 27.120.20