Vienna, Austria 2012
IAEA International Experts Meeting on
Reactor and Spent Fuel Safety in Light of the Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Against the backdrop of the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) in March 2011, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) convened a Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. The Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration which, inter alia, requested the Director General to prepare a draft “Action Plan on Nuclear Safety” covering all the relevant aspects relating to nuclear safety, emergency preparedness and response, and radiation protection of people and the environment, as well as the relevant international legal framework.
On 22 September 2011, the IAEA General Conference unanimously endorsed the Action Plan on Nuclear Safety. The Action Plan defines a comprehensive programme of work, in 12 major areas, to strengthen nuclear safety worldwide. The action related to Communication and Information Dissemination requests the IAEA Secretariat “to organize international experts’ meetings to analyse all relevant technical aspects and learn the lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station accident”. This meeting is being organized in response to that request.
The primary objectives of this meeting are: to analyse relevant technical aspects of reactor and spent nuclear fuelmanagement safety and performance related to severe accidents; to review what is known to date about the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP in order to understand more fully its root causes; and to share the lessons learned from the accident. The meeting will identify the necessary priorities for further actions in these areas in different power reactor types, focusing in particular on boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors.
The meeting will provide a forum for discussions and exchange of information among technical experts from Member States on reactor and spent nuclear fuel safety and performance under severe conditions. This meeting is expected to be of particular interest to technical experts from utilities, research and design organizations, regulatory bodies, manufacturing and service companies and other stakeholders.
In particular, the objectives of the meeting will be to:
- Identify and analyse reactor and spent nuclear fuel safety and performance issues
- Consider the design, engineering and analysis of current and new systems for accident prevention and mitigation
- Exchange information on national assessments of reactor and spent nuclear fuel safety and performance, and
- Identify potential priority areas for research and development, technology development and management.
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