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FNCA 2000 Workshop on Radioactive Waste Management

Workshop-FNCA2000
 
The workshop on radioactive waste management was held on 12-15 December 2000 in Sydney, Australia. The workshop was hosted by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) and the Science and Technology Agency (STA)*1 with the cooperation of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF). The number of the participants totaled 35 from nine countries, i.e., Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
*1 The title was changed to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT).
   
  The 6th workshop on Radioactive Waste Management-FNCA2000
(Dec.12-15,2000,Sydney,Australia)
 
 
Report, Proceedings and results
1) Country Report
  Report on the present status of radioactive waste management and its progress was made. At a special session this year, a report on the management situation of spent radiation sources was also made, followed by a lively discussion.
  2) Sub-meeting
  Sub-workshops were concurrently held on "Radioactive Waste Reduction Techniques," and "Database Format for Radioactive Waste and Spent Radiation Sources."
 
3) Three-year Plan
All the participants discussed the regional cooperation plan in Asia for the next three years. Major activity items were as follows:
a. Improvement of spent radiation source management
b.
Preparation of a consolidated report
c. Enhancement of information network
 
  a. Establishment of a task group for spent radiation source management
Realizing the fact that it was difficult to improve spent radiation source management only by holding workshops and sub-meetings, the participants agreed that Japan and other volunteer countries would set up a task group to handle the problem. The goal of the task group was to discuss improvement measures in and with the cooperation of model countries. Philippines and Thailand expressed willingness to become model countries
 

b. Workshop
It was agreed that discussion on the consolidated report, regulation of radioactive waste delivery around international borders, and risk management/emergency response plans would be held at the workshop. The consolidated report is to include results of all the cooperation to date and the state of radioactive waste management in each country. Report contents and responsibility for preparation were decided.

  c. Workshop
The delegates from Vietnam expressed willingness to host the next workshop in 2001 (in October tentatively). Korea offered to host the 2002 workshop, and Indonesia offered to host the 2003 workshop.
  d. Sub-meeting
"TENORM"*1 and "Storage for Spent Radiation Sources"were chosen as the themes for the next workshop.
*1. Technology Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials
  e.Information Network
It was agreed that members would make use of newsletters and Web sites.
 
 
Spent fuel is taken out of a nuclear reactor and stored in water for cooling and radiation shielding.
 
At the storage tank, radioactivity monitoring is conducted to check if it complies with effluent control.
 
     
  Figure 1
Classification of waste disposal and processing methods
  Figure 2
Distribution of waste radioactivity levels
 
 

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