A delegation from Japan is in the Tri-Cities this week to meet with experts in the cleanup of radioactive contamination.
This is the second workshop to share information between Department of Energy experts and Japanese experts after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which spread radioactive contamination that could require decades to clean up. The first workshop was held in October in Tokyo.
"The Energy Department's environmental cleanup mission is one of the world's largest programs of its type and a key element of the program's success to date has been a sharing of practices and cooperation with our international partners," said Lindsey Geisler, a DOE spokeswoman in Washington, D.C.
The workshop is bringing together researchers from the United States and Japan to share cleanup experiences and lessons learned that could help with the cleanup efforts at Fukushima, she said. Information is being shared from across the nationwide DOE complex.
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The workshop includes experts from DOE, the national laboratories, the Environmental Protection Agency; and cleanup site contractors, including those at Hanford. Topics to be discussed include cleanup of soil and ground water; radioactive waste storage, treatment and disposal; removal of damaged spent fuel and debris from storage pools; deactivation and decommissioning of facilities; and public communication with Japan.