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Archimedes' Dialogue Project

Environmental Remediation of a Large-Area Land with High Contamination

About this Dialogue

The accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant that occurred due to damage from the tsumani following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, led to an airborne release of radioactive material that settled and caused contamination of a large portion of the lands to the extent to cause very high air dose rates, necessitating evaluation of the population.  The Government of Japan, Ministry of the Environment executed their charter to plan, sponsor, and oversee decontamination work.  As an Embassy Science Fellow in a two-month assignment in Japan, the work of the MOE, other Japanese agencies supporting the MOE, and contractors performing the field work were evaluated in the context of a remediation system.  Observations and recommendations made during the assignment will be presented.

About the Speaker

Bob Sindelar is a leading international expert in nuclear materials science including the management of spent nuclear fuel, aging effects and aging management of structures and materials in nuclear systems, and water decontamination.  He leads technology programs to provide for the safe management of research reactor fuel in wet and dry storage systems worldwide.  He also leads technology development activities for the extended dry storage and transportation for commercial reactor fuel. 

Dr. Sindelar holds a B.S. in Physics and in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In early 2013, he performed a two-month assignment in Japan as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow to support the Government of Japan with environmental remediation of the lands in the Fukushima prefecture.

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