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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyMETI has established a Study Group on Technical Issues associated with Geological Disposal in Coastal Areas

Regarding the final disposal of high-level radioactive waste, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) decided to establish a Study Group on Technical Issues associated with Geological Disposal in Coastal Areas to provide opportunities to discuss such issues.

※The Study Group is established to identify the scientific and technical issues for the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste in coastal areas, including disposal in sub-seabed geological formations. The scope of the study group includes disposal in sub-seabed geological formations accessed from land, strictly in compliance with the London convention and protocol.

1. Background and purpose

Based on the national policy, the Working Group (WG) on Geological Disposal Technology under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy has examined factors and criteria related to the specifications of “scientifically preferable areas for the final disposal of high-level radioactive waste”, and released the interim report in December 2015.

In the interim report, coastal areas within a short distance from the coast (including cases in which the underground facilities would be located in sub-seabed geological formations accessed from land) were identified as more suitable, with a view to ensuring safety and security in the process of waste transportation. The report also indicated the generic characteristics of coastal areas to be considered in proceeding with projects in such areas, and suggested that it is important to initiate specific discussions with relevant experts.

METI decided to establish a Study Group, based on the interim report, for the purpose of analyzing scientific and technical issues for the further improvement of reliability, as well as creating guidelines for the relevant R&D to be conducted efficiently and effectively.

The Study Group is composed of members who have expert knowledge in relevant areas, plus representatives of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) and relevant R&D institutions.

2. Schedule for the first meeting

Date: 10:00-12:00, January 26 (Tue.), 2016
Subjects of discussion: Technical issues associated with geological disposal in coastal areas.

Release date

January 20, 2016

Division in charge

Radioactive Waste Management Policy Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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