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FNCA 2007 Workshop on Radioactive Waste Management

Report of
FNCA 2007 Workshop on
Radioactive Waste Management (RWM)
November 19 - 23
Bangkok, Thailand


The FNCA 2007 Workshop on Radioactive Waste Management was held over five days from November 19 to 23, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand, attended by 26 experts from FNCA member countries, and co-hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan and the Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (TINT) as the local host organization.

 
 

The opening
Mr. Somporn Chongkum and Mr. Kosako

1) Summary of the Workshop

This project was initiated in 1995, with the aim of exchanging and sharing among FNCA countries information and knowledge about radioactive waste management obtained through experience, and helping to improving the safety of radioactive waste management in the Asian region. The center of the project activities is an annual workshop under the rotating chairmanship of FNCA countries, where project leaders of each country and experts in the subject covered by each workshop are invited and a total of 373 participants have attended.

The thirteenth workshop this time was attended by the delegates of ten FNCA participating countries, namely Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, who are involving in policy making, regulation, operation, and research and development of radioactive waste management. The workshop featured presentations of country reports, the introduction of the task having run in Thailand and Vietnam in August, a roundtable discussion, a technical tour and so on. And the IAEA participated as an observer.

2) Outline of the Holding

1)Date: November 19 (Mon) - 23 (Fri), 2007
2)Place: Bangkok, Thailand
3)Hosted by: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT) of Japan and Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (TINT)
4)Participants: A total of 26 including Australia 1, Bangladesh 1, China 1, Indonesia 2, Japan 4, Korea 1, Malaysia 2, The Philippines 2, Thailand 9, Vietnam 2, and IAEA 1 (see also the attached document)
5)Program: See the attached document

   

A scene of poster session by Mr. Zaitsu
FNCA countries presented country reports on the present status and the progress of radioactive waste management activities in each country.

   

A scene of Session 1 Chaired by Mr. Futatsukawa

In Session 1 on the first day of the workshop, FNCA countries presented country reports on the present status and the progress of radioactive waste management activities in each country, and then Poster/Mini-Exhibition was held for promoting the further understanding of FNCA countries.

In Sessions 2, 3, and 4 on the second day, sub-meeting discussions were held on the topics "Management of Medical Radioactive Wastes," "Siting of Disposal Facilities" and "Safety Assessment and Design Concept of Disposal Facilities." By introducing the situation in each country along with the latest knowledge and discussing them from different viewpoints, participants could achieve a comprehensive understanding and were encouraged to use that understanding for the purposes of radioactive waste management in each country. In addition, recent IAEA initiatives in radioactive waste management, decommissioning, and other areas were introduced.

On the third day, participants visited a hazardous waste management facility in Thailand operated by GENCO Public Co., Ltd., which is located in Rayong Province, about 140 kilometers to the south-southeast from Bangkok, to learn about the treatment of hazardous waste in Thailand.

   
GENCO dealing with industrial waste in Thailand
Participants visited an industrial waste disposal plant and listened about the treatment of hazardous waste in Thailand.
    The entrance of GENCO
Although GENCO is a company dealing with industrial waste, its office looked clean and the planting around its building was rich in variety and well tended. They explained that to keep their work place clean and tidy is an important part of their effort to win the understanding of local residents.

On the fourth day, following a presentation titled "Issues and Trends in Radioactive Waste Management: the IAEA's Perspective" by the IAEA, a roundtable discussion on the "Interim Report of Decommissioning and Clearance Task Group Activities" was held as Session 5. In this session, the results of the Discussion/Survey Meeting in Thailand and Vietnam in August were reported, highlighting the importance of collecting technical data on-site and accurately understanding and assessing local situations for considering regulations such as standards and acts. And it was recognized that common approaches should be investigated and considered to introduce scientific and rational regulations so as not to place an unnecessary burden on the public and industries of FNCA countries.

In Session 6, a roundtable discussion was held, titled "An Overview of FNCA Radioactive Waste Management Activities and Future Direction." It was agreed that the radioactive waste management project has brought useful knowledge and information to each country, encouraged understanding of radioactive waste management, especially in technical aspects, and facilitated information exchange among Asian countries.

Moreover, the three-year plan of the FNCA framework from FY2005 to FY2007 was discussed, and it was concluded that the outcomes of the discussion were acceptable for each country.

 


Minutes of
FNCA 2007 Workshop on
Radioactive Waste Management (RWM)
November 19 - 23
Bangkok, Thailand


The FNCA 2007 Workshop on Radioactive Waste Management was held from November 19 to 23, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand. This Workshop was hosted by Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (TINT) as the local host organization and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, in cooperation with Nuclear Safety Research Association (NSRA).

Representatives from ten FNCA member countries involved in policy making, regulation, operations and R&D on radioactive waste management attended the workshop, i.e., Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. In the meeting, IAEA representative also attended the workshop as an observer.

On the first day, Session 1, country reports were presented on present status and progress of radioactive waste management activities in each FNCA country.

After Session 1, Poster/Mini-Exhibition was held. This Poster/Mini-Exhibition was successful in enhancing further the understanding of activities in RWM among FNCA countries.

On the second day, sub-meeting discussions were held on theme "Management of Medical Radioactive Wastes", "Siting of Disposal Facilities" and "Safety Assessment and Design Concept of Disposal Facilities" as Session 2, 3 and 4, respectively, to promote comprehensive understandings from different viewpoints of FNCA countries. And, a short presentation about Recent IAEA Initiatives in RWM and D&D was added to the program.

On the third day, a technical visit to Thailand hazardous waste management facility operated by GENCO Public Co., Ltd. which is located at in Rayong Province was undertaken.

On the fourth day following a presentation entitled 'Issues and Trends in Radioactive Waste Management: the IAEA's Perspective, a roundtable discussion on "Interim Report of Decommissioning and Clearance Task Group Activities" was held as Session 5 to confirm the result of Discussion/Survey Meeting to Thailand and Vietnam highlighting the importance of collection of technical data on-site and assessment of the local situation. It was also recognized that common approaches should be investigated to settle scientific and rational regulation in order not to place unnecessary burden on the public and industry of the FNCA region.

In Session 6, a roundtable discussion was held on "Overview of FNCA-RWM Activities and Future Direction". It was recognized that RWM project has been conducted successfully and resulted in the good understanding about radioactive waste management especially in technical aspects and facilitated information exchange among Asian countries.

The "RWM 3-Year Work Plan for 2005-2007" under the FNCA framework was discussed and successfully concluded.

On the future direction, the following issues were discussed.

- The FNCA-RWM summary during 13years.
- The present status of radioactive waste management task group in IAEA-ANSN (Asian Nuclear Safety Network), which started from September 2006.
- The recent international movement of Radiation Safety, including new recommendation of ICRP-Publ.103, 2007, and a security issues of radiation sources.

All FNCA Project Leaders recognized the high value that the FNCA RWM Workshops have provided for more than 10 years. The benefits gained include information exchange and the sharing of experiences on common radioactive waste management, decommissioning and disposal issues. The Project Leaders were unanimous in their support for the FNCA RWM workshops and expressed the need to sustain this cooperation to ensure that radioactive waste management issues are being continually addressed in the region. It was also recognized for a need to address additional issues as offered by the ANSN in the area of development and sharing of nuclear safety knowledge. The FNCA RWM Workshops have been valuable as specific forums for radioactive waste management practitioners in the Asian region and which are not tackled in detail in other forums. Whilst the ANSN is able to deliver in the area of nuclear safety knowledge it is also important to understand that the FNCA RWM Workshops have specific radioactive waste management topics. The radioactive waste management topics should complement the ANSN sponsored activities which mainly focus on safety related issues.

Participants of this Workshop expressed appreciation to the organizers, i.e. TINT and MEXT, and to the cooperation of NSRA.
These minutes are planned to be submitted to the 9th FNCA Coordinators Meeting for approval, which will be held on March 10 and 11, 2008.

Annex-1: Summary of each session
Annex-2: Program of the FNCA 2007 Workshop on Radioactive Waste Management
Annex-3: List of Participants



Program of
FNCA 2007 Workshop on
Radioactive Waste Management (RWM)
November 19 - 23
Bangkok, Thailand


 
Monday 19 November 2007
Time Topic Person involved
08:30 - 09:00 Registration TINT staff (Thailand)
  Opening Ceremony  
  Welcoming Remarks

RWM Project Leader
Mr.Sutat Thiangtrongjit

  Opening Address

FNCA Coordinator
Dr. Somporn Chongkum

  FNCA Remarks Prof. Kosako
  Introduction of the participants Ms. Kanchalika
09:30 - 10:00 Taking Group Photo / Coffee Break  
10:00 - 10:05 Adoption of Agenda Ms.Nanthavan Ya-anant

Session I: Country Report
(Presentation 20 minutes + Question 5 minutes)
Co-Chair : Japan, Vietnam
Mr.Futatsukawa (Japan), Dr.Cao Dinh Thanh (Vietnam)

10:05 - 10:30 (1) Thailand:" Recent Status of Radioactive Waste Management in Thailand" Ms.Nanthavan Ya-anant
10:30 - 10:55 (2) Australia:" Status of Radioactive Waste Management in Australia Mr. Lubi Dimitrovski
10:55 - 11:20 (3) Bangladesh: Recent Status and Issues of Low-and Intermediate Level Central Radioactive Waste Processing and Storage Facility (CWPSF) in Bangladesh Mr. Abdul Koddus
11:20 - 11:45 (4) China: Progress of Radioactive Waste Management in China Prof. Cui Anxi
11:45 - 12:10 (5) Indonesia: "Recent Condition of radioactive Waste Management in Indonesia" Dr. Djarot S. Wisnubroto
12:10 - 12:30 Chair-Person's Summary  
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break  

Session I: Country Report (continued)
Co-Chair: Australia, China
Mr. Lubi Dimitrovski (Australia), Prof. Cui Anxi (China)

13:30 -13:55 (6) Japan: Japanese Radioactive Waste Management including National Waste Management Prof. Kosako
13:55 -14:20 (7) Korea: Status of Radioactive Waste Management in Korea Mr. Ho Yeon Yang
14:20 -14:45 (8) Malaysia, "Decommissioning and Decontamination of Mineral Processing Plant in Malaysia" Ms. Teng Iyu Lin
14:45 -15:15 Coffee Break  
15:15 -15:40 (9) Philippines: Status of Radioactive Waste Management in the Philippines Ms. Editha A. Marcelo
15:40 -16:05 (10) Viet Nam Country Report Dr. Cao Dinh Thanh
16:20 -17:00

Poster / Mini-Exhibition
Japan: Development of System Chemical Decontamination Technology by the IF7 Gas
Thailand : Industrial Waste Management


Thailand: GIS for waste management

Mr. Zaitsu (Japan )


-En-Technology Consultants Co.Ltd. (Thailand)
-Triple I Geographic Co.Ltd (Thailand)

18:30 - Reception Party Hosted by TINT

Amari Boulevard Hotel ( 6th Floor)

Tuesday 20 November 2007
Time Topic Person involved

Session II : Sub - Meeting, Theme (1)
Management of Medical Radioactive Wastes
Co-Chair: Malaysia, Indonesia

Mr. Malik (Malaysia), Mr. Sjarmufni (Indonesia)

9:00 - 9:25 1. Japanese: Management of Medical Radioactive Wastes in Japan Mr. Futatsukawa
9:25 - 9:50 2. Thailand: Management of Medical Radioactive Wastes in Thailand Mr.Suntorn Komolsuk
9:50 - 10:15 3. Korea: Polymer Solidification of Concentrated Wastes Mr. Ho Yeon Yang
10:15 - 10:30 Chair-Person's Summary  
10:30 - 10:50 Coffee Break  

Session III : Sub - Meeting, Theme (2)
Siting of disposal facilities
Co-Chair: Japan, the Philippines

Mr. Zaitsu (Japan), Ms. Maria V B Palattao (Philippines)

10:50 - 11:15 (1) Indonesia-Preparation for Radwaste Disposal Siting in Jawa Island (2007-2011) Mr. Syarmufni
11:15 - 11:40 (2) Thailand-GRASS Siting Tools for LILW Repository Mr. Pirat Sriyota
11:40 - 12:05 (3) Malaysia-Current Status of Site Investigation for the National Repository Mr. Syed Abdul Malik
12:05 - 13:05 Lunch Break  
13:05 - 13:30 (4) Australia - Siting Process for the proposed CRWMF and Basic Design of Mr. Lubi Dimitrovski
13:30 - 13:55 (5) China- Siting and Design of Beilong LILW Prof. Cui Anxi
13:55 - 14:15 Chair-Person's Summary  

Session IV : Sub - Meeting, Theme (3)
Safety Assessment and Design Concept of Disposal Facilities
Co-Chair: Indonesia, Thailand

Mr. Djarot S. Wisnubroto (Indonesia), Mr. Pirat Sriyotha (Thailand)

14:15 - 14:40 (1) The Philippines- Preliminary Assessment of the Proposed Radwaste Repository Project in the Philippines Ms. Maria V. B. Palattao
15:05 - 15:30 Coffee Break  
15:30 - 15:55 (2) Japan - An Application to Reclamation of Uranium Mining and Milling site at Ningyo-toge, Japan - Mr. Zaitsu
15:55 - 16:15 Chair-Person's Summary  
16:15 - 16:30 Recent IAEA Initiatives in RWM and D&D Mr. Jean-Marie Potier
Wednesday 21 November 2007
Time Technical Visit to GENCO Person involved
06:45 Leave Hotel for GENCO Public Co., Ltd.,
Rayong Province
TINT & GENCO staff
18:30 Return to Bangkok  
Thursday 22 November 2007
Time Topic Person involved
9:00 - 10:20 IAEA- Issues and Trends in Radioactive Waste Management : The IAEA's Perspective
and Additional topics:
- International Network of Decommissioning Centers
- The "BOSS" borehole disposal system
Mr. Jean-Marie Potier
10:20 - 10:40 Coffee Break  

Session V : Roundtable Discussion (1)
Interim Report on Decommissioning and Clearance Task Group Activities
Co-Chair: Japan, Thailand

Prof. Kosako (Japan), Mr. Nikom (Thailand)

10:40 - 11:00 (1) Thailand, Task Group Mission to Thailand Mr.Sutat Thiangtrongjit
11:00 - 11:20 (2) Vietnam, Task Group Mission to Vietnam Dr. Cao Dinh Thanh
11:20 - 12:00 (3) Discussion on Activities Report of Decommissioning and Clearance Task Group Prof. Kosako
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break  

Session VI : Roundtable Discussion (2)
Overview of FNCA-RWM Activities
And the Future Direction

Prof. Kosako, Mr. Sutat Thiangtrongjit

13:00 - 13:30 FNCA-RWM Activities summary and Related International Movement Prof. Kosako
13:30 - 14:00 Development of the Workshop Minutes/ Discussion Mr.Sato/Mr.Nikom
14:00 - 14:30 Coffee Break  
14:30 - Participants Visit to TINT-RWMC & Isotope Production Facilities TINT Staff
Friday 23 November 2007
Time Closing Session Person involved
09:00 - 09:30 Summary/Wrap up Mr.Sato/Mr.Nikom
09:30 - 10:30 Confirmation of the Workshop Minutes Prof.Kosako/ Mr.Lubi
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00 - 11:30 Adoption of the Workshop Minutes Mr.Sato/Mr.Nikom
11:30 - 12:00 Closing Remarks Prof. Kosako (Japan)

 


List of Participants
FNCA 2007 Workshop on
Radioactive Waste Management (RWM)
November 19 - 23
Bangkok, Thailand


  1. Mr. Lubi DIMITROVSKI
    Manager, Waste Operations
    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO)
  2. Mr.Abdul Koddus
    Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission
    INST, HPRWMU, AERE, Savar, Dhaka-1349
    Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission
  3. Prof. CUI Anxi
    Deputy Director of Waste Management Department
    China Institute for Radiation Protection
  4. Mr.Djarot S. Wisnubroto
    Director, Radioactive Waste Technology Center
  5. Mr.Achmad Sjarmufni
    Division Head, Radwaste Disposal Technology
    Center for Radwaste Technology, BATAN
  6. Mr.HO YEON YANG
    Senior Manager of Radwaste Treatment Technology Team
    Nuclear Engineering & Technology Institute, KHNP
  7. Mr.SYED ABDUL MALIK BIN SYED ZAIN
    Senior Research Officer/Manager
    Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Nuclear Malaysia)
  8. Ms.TENG IYU LIN
    Senior Assistant Director
    Atomic Energy Licensing Board
  9. Ms.Maria Visitacion B.Palattao
    Senior Science Research Specialist
    Philippine Nuclear Research Institute
  10. Ms.EDITHA A. MARCELO
    Senior Science Research Specialist
    Philippine Nuclear Research Institute
  11. Mr.VU HUNG TRIEU
    Deputy Director of Center for Radioactive Waste Management
    Institute for Technology of Radioactive and Rare Elements
    Vietnam Atomic Energy Commission
  12. Mr.CAO DINH THANH
    Deputy Director of Department for Planning and R&D Management
    Vietnam Atomic Energy Commission
  13. Mr. Jan-Marie POTIER
    Head of Waste Technology Section
    Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology
    International Atomic Energy Agency
  14. Professor TOSHISO KOSAKO
    Professor
    Department of Nuclear Professional School,
    Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  15. Mr. TOMOHISA ZAITSU
    Deputy Division Manager
    Environmental Research and Development Division
    Ningyo-toge Environmental Engineering Center
    Japan Atomic Energy Agency
  16. Dr. SHOJI FUTATSUKAWA
    Manager
    Radioisotopes Division
    Japan Radioisotope Association
  17. Mr. HIDEHARU SATO
    General Manager
    International Affaires and Research Department
    Nuclear Safety Research Association
  18. Mr. Sutat Thiangtrongjit
    Manager, Radioactive Waste Management Center
    Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology
  19. Ms. Nanthavan Ya-Anant
    Nuclear Science Specialist
    Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology
  20. Mr. Pirat Sriyotha
    Senior Nuclear Scientist
    Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology
  21. Mr. Nikom Prasertchiewchan
    Senior Nuclear Scientist
    Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology
  22. Ms. Archara Phattanasub
    Nuclear Scientist
    Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology
  23. Mr. Panya Nuanjan
    Nuclear Scientist
    Senior Nuclear Scientist
    Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology
  24. Ms. Pattra Supaokit
    Nuclear Science Specialist
    Office of Atoms for Peace
  25. Ms. Suntree Kaewpaluek
    Nuclear Chemist
    Office of Atoms for Peace
  26. Mr. Yuthana Tumnoi
    Nuclear Scientist
    Office of Atoms for Peace

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