IAEA: Fukushima decommissioning efforts improved, more challenges ahead

 IAEA: Fukushima decommissioning efforts improved, more challenges ahead

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report that cleanup and waste management efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have improved, but many challenges still need to be addressed.
 
The IAEA visited the plant site from April 17 to the 21st to obtain additional information on the management of contaminated water including rainwater as well as the efforts of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to improve public communications. IAEA said decommissioning units 1-4 is a complex task, but praised the Japanese government and TEPCO for developing a plan promptly after the March 2011 accident. The IAEA team said the creation of the Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Co. (FDEC) as the organization responsible for on-site waste management and decommissioning activities is a good step toward clarifying responsibilities. The establishment of the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corp. (NDF) was also a good demonstration of the proactive attitude of the government and TEPCO.
 
However, the report said that long-term decommissioning planning must include the consideration of numerous options and scenarios. Other recommendations include urging the NDF to give priority to issuing the waste management strategy that will enable the FDEC to implement processes appropriate for safe long-term radioactive waste management, and for the FDEC to continue working on developing a waste inventory providing reliable physical, chemical, radiological and volumetric information to support future strategic planning and decisions for the waste streams.
 
To read the full report, click here.
 
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