Radioactive Waste Management

Nuclear Energy Agency

English
ISSN: 
1990-0325 (online)
ISSN: 
1990-0333 (print)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/19900325
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A series of publications from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency on various aspects of radioactive waste management. The publications in this series of analytical reports and conference proceedings focus on the development of strategies for a safe, broadly acceptable management of sustainable and all types of radioactive waste and materials.

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Japan's Siting Process for the Geological Disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste

Japan's Siting Process for the Geological Disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste

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Author(s):
OECD, NEA
09 Sep 2016
Pages:
49
ISBN:
9789264265035 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264265035-en

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The Nuclear Energy Agency carried out an independent peer review of Japan’s siting process and criteria for the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste in May 2016. The review concluded that Japan’s site screening process is generally in accordance with international practices. As the goal of the siting process is to locate a site – that is both appropriate and accepted by the community – to host a geological disposal facility for high-level radioactive waste, the international review team emphasises in this report the importance of maintaining an open dialogue and interaction between the regulator, the implementer and the public. Dialogue should begin in the early phases and continue throughout the siting process. The international review team also underlines the importance of taking into account feasibility aspects when selecting a site for preliminary investigations, but suggests that it would be inappropriate to set detailed scientific criteria for nationwide screening at this stage. The team has provided extensive advisory remarks in the report as opportunities for improvement, including the recommendation to use clear and consistent terminology in defining the site screening criteria as it is a critical factor in a successful siting process.

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