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International Workshop on Deepening Comprehension on Safety Case on Deep Geological Repository (DGR) and Public Confidence on Japan’s DGR Programme Held

December 4, 2018

On November 28, 2018, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/NEA) jointly held an International Workshop on Deepening Comprehension on Safety Case on Deep Geological Repository (DGR). At the workshop, ANRE and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) explained Japan’s dialogue activities. Following this, participants from other countries provided briefings on the efforts and experiences involving dialogue activities in their respective countries, and all participants held discussions on better approaches to dialogue activities.

1. Outline of the workshop

From Japan: Mr. Shin Hosaka, Deputy Commissioner, ANRE; Mr. Ryo Nasu, Director, Radioactive Waste Management Policy Division, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); Mr. Katsumoto Yoshimura, Director, Technology Office for Radioactive Waste Management, METI; Dr. Shunsuke Kondo, President, NUMO; Mr. Hiroyuki Umeki [Vice-chair], Executive Director, NUMO; and others.

From other countries: Mr. William D. Magwood, IV, Director-General, OECD/NEA (video message); Mr. Jean-Paul Minon [Chair], ONDRAF/NIRAS,*1 Belgium; Dr. Gloria Kwong, OECD/NEA; Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, NWMO,*1 Canada; Ms. Annabelle Quenet, ANDRA,*1 France; Ms. Ou Jeong YOO, KORAD,*1 the Republic of Korea; Mr. Allan Hedin, SKB,*1 Sweden; Ms. Pascale Kunzi, Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Switzerland; Ms. Lucy Bailey, RWM,*1 the United Kingdom; Mr. Bruce Cairns, RWM,*1 the U.K.; and Mr. Richard Thomas Peake, EPA,**2 the United States.

Notes:
*1. Domestic implementation organizations
**2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2. Summary of the discussions

Participants provided briefings on the efforts and experiences involving dialogue activities in each participating country and held discussions on ideal approaches to dialogue activities. For further details of the briefings which explain experiences of and major advice from participating countries as well as details of the issues covered in the panel discussion, see the Appendix attached to the Japanese language press release.

 
Chair's Remarks by Mr. Minon

Division in Charge

Technology Office for Radioactive Waste Management, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, ANRE