Addressing the Constraints to Implementing Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation in IAEA Member States

Side Event during the 56th IAEA General Conference held in cooperation with the UK Trade and Investment Division of the British Embassy in Vienna
Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A panel of experts from Member States and the IAEA discussed ways to break down the barriers that constrain the implementation of decommissioning and remediation programmes worldwide. The aim of the event, organized by the Waste Technology Section, was to review progress on IAEA activities initiated after last year’s side event on the same topic.

Summary Document: Main Outcomes

Side Event Flyer

Final Programme

Session Chair: Irena Mele, Head of Waste Technology Section, IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy
Scientific Secretaries: Horst Monken Fernandes and Patrick O'Sullivan
IAEA Waste Technology Section
Opening Addresses: Ambassador Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque
Resident Representative of the United Kingdom to the IAEA

Juan Carlos Lentijo
Director, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology

Survey on constraints to implementing decommissioning and environmental remediation programmes,
Patrick O'Sullivan, Waste Technology Section

Panel Discussion

International collaboration and the role of the IAEA in:

  • Securing easier access to appropriate technologies
  • Building human competences
  • Providing financing
  • Improving legal and regulatory frameworks

Kentaro Funaki Office for Recovery from the Nuclear Accident, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
Nikita Konstantinov Office for Strategy, Policy, Investments and Nuclear Energy Complex, Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, Ukraine
Anna Clark Site Restoration Department, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, UK
Christine Gelles Office for Environmental Management, Department of Energy, US
Esther Harlander Nuclear Safety Department, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Closing Remarks: Alexander V. Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy
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