What happens with decommissioning a nuclear power plant?

The World-Nuclear.org website has a good summary of Nuclear Decommissioning

The first sentence has some interesting facts:

To date, about 100 mines, 80 commercial power reactors, 45 experimental or prototype reactors, over 250 research reactors and a number of fuel cycle facilities, have been retired from operation. Some of these have been fully dismantled.

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