Draft Minutes of the FNCA 2003 - Workshop
on Radioactive Waste Management
December 15-19,2003, Jakarta, Indonesia
The FNCA 2003 Workshop on Radioactive Waste Management was held on December 15-19, 2003, in Jakarta, Indonesia. This Workshop was hosted by the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), in cooperation with the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF).
Representatives involved in policy making, regulation, and R&D on radioactive waste management attended the Workshop from the nine participating countries under the FNCA framework, i.e. Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Discussions were made mainly based on the results of the 4th FNCA Coordinators Meeting, held on March 5-7, 2003, in Naha City of Okinawa Prefecture.
On the First Session of the first day, the country reports were presented on the current status and progress of radioactive waste management activities in each FNCA country. Summary of sessions is attached as a supplement to these minutes.
Poster presentations on Radioactive Waste from hospitals were made from Indonesia and Japan. Other poster presentations were also made from Australia and Japan to introduce industrial level technologies in relation to radioactive waste management.
At the Second Session on the second day, a round table discussion was made on the “Joint Convention on Safety of Spent Fuel and Safety of Radioactive Waste Management” under the discussion topic “Correspondence to International Trend”.
At the Third and Fourth Sessions on the second day, sub-meetings were held on “Disposal of LILW including waste acceptance criteria” and “Management of waste arising from decommissioning of small to medium scale nuclear facilities” respectively, to have a more comprehensive discussion for the exchange of information and in order to share experiences, and thus promote mutual understanding in these specific areas.
On the third day, technical visit to Serpong Site of BATAN was made, where the participants visited the research reactor and the radioactive waste management facilities on the site.
On the fourth day, a sub-meeting on the Interim Report of the Task Group on TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) was held to exchange technical information and experiences.
Relevant issues on the practical application of the concept of exclusion, exemption, and clearance on NORM/TENORM management were discussed. The following points were agreed upon:
- NORM/TENORM management is a common concern among FNCA countries
- Dose criteria or concentration levels are needed to manage NORM/TENORM safely based on the concepts by ICRP and IAEA
- Further discussion on the safe management of NORM/TENORM is needed
Finally at Session 6 “Three Year Work Plan on Radioactive Waste Management” under FNCA framework, the discussion issues were as follows:
- Schedule and venue of the next workshop
- Items to be discussed in the next and future years
- Report issues and brochure
- Statement for the promotion of the Joint Convention
- Updated web site and the consolidated report
Views expressed by the Workshop participants on future topical issues and activities in fiscal year 2004 and after are as follows:
- Regulatory aspects including clearance, exemption and NORM/TENORM
- Waste treatment and characterization
- Siting procedure, investigation and safety assessment
- Security issues
Participants of this Workshop proposed Malaysia as the candidate venue for holding the FNCA 2004 Workshop on Radioactive Waste Management.
Participants of this Workshop expressed appreciation to the sponsors of this Workshop, i.e. the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), and the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF) for their coordination efforts.
The minutes of this Workshop will be reported to the Fifth FNCA Coordinators Meeting planned in early March, 2004.