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Japanese Officials Draw on Expertise of National Laboratories for Fukushima Plant Cleanup

January 30, 2013 - 12:00pm

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Japanese Officials Draw on Expertise of National Laboratories for Fukushima Plant Cleanup
TEPCO officials tour the Hanford site to learn about cleanup technologies that could be used in the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that occurred in 2011.

TEPCO officials tour the Hanford site to learn about cleanup technologies that could be used in the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that occurred in 2011.

Japanese Officials Draw on Expertise of National Laboratories for Fukushima Plant Cleanup
TEPCO officials tour the Hanford site to learn about cleanup technologies that could be used in the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that occurred in 2011.

AIKEN, S.C. – Dave Herman, far right in the photo above, a researcher with Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) — EM's corporate laboratory — demonstrates a test rig for SRNL-developed rotary microfilter waste management technology. The demonstration was for Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) visitors Masumi Ishikawa, Kenji Tateiwa, interpreter Risa Harada and Kazuyuki Shinoda during their visit to SRNL this past month. SRNL at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) at the Hanford site in Washington state are working with TEPCO to provide technical assistance for cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that occurred in 2011. TEPCO officials also visited PNNL and other areas of the Hanford site this month. SRNL and PNNL will offer recommendations related to many of the highest priority technical issues associated with the cleanup. A formal report to TEPCO on the recommendations is expected in March. “This is a unique arrangement for national labs to provide this level of international assistance,” SRNL Associate Laboratory Director for Environmental Management Dr. Jeff Griffin said. “From our experience at our respective sites, we and PNNL have a wealth of relevant knowledge about possible options, and an important part of our mission as national laboratories is the sharing of that knowledge within the global community in what is clearly an unprecedented situation.” Read about other EM efforts to assist Japan clean up from the accident here and here

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