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National Action Plan for Agenda 21 -Chap. 22

[Agenda 21] National Action Plan for Agenda 21

Chapter 22 SAFE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES

Radioactive wastes are generated in a variety of forms from nuclear reactor facilities, nuclear fuel cycle facilities and facilities which use radioactive isotopes, and contain various types and amounts of radionuclides. As regards radioactive wastes, in addition to promoting the reduction of their generation and their volume, it is necessary to take measures for the appropriate treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes, in accordance with the types and densities of radionuclides contained in radioactive wastes.

Taking the above into account, Japan will attach importance to the implementation of the following activities:

(1)
As regards the treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes, Japan will promote, in a well-planned and positive manner, various appropriate measures based on the Long-Term Program for Development and Utilization of Nuclear Energy, including those for ensuring financial resources, the promotion of research and development, and international cooperation.
(2)
Particularly, in order to ensure the safe management of radioactive wastes, Japan will enforce safety regulations for the storage, transport, treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes, in accordance with such related laws as the Law for the Regulation of Nuclear Source Material, Nuclear Fuel Material and Reactors and the Law concerning Prevention from Radiation Hazards due to Radioisotopes, Etc.
(3)
In regards to measures for the treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes, Japan will abide by such international arrangements as the Conventions on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter. Furthermore, in order to achieve international harmony, Japan will contribute to studying the assurance of safety in these matters through such international agencies as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) using its experience and expertise.

Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan

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