Japan, IAEA discussing large amount of unaccounted-for nuke materials


  • Japan, IAEA discussing large amount of unaccounted-for nuke materials

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan has started backstage talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency on the discovery of unaccounted-for or unreported enriched uranium and plutonium in large quantities of nuclear waste disposed of by Japanese facilities, hoping to ward off international criticism with an early report to the IAEA, senior government officials said Wednesday.

    In October last year, nuclear substances, unaccounted for at that time, were found in waste at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Oarai Research and Development Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, the officials said.

    The waste was disposed of before the 1977 effectuation of a safeguard agreement between Japan and the IAEA.

    In a follow-up investigation, the government found some 2.8 kilograms of highly enriched uranium solidified with cement and a total of 636 grams of plutonium at the JAEA's Nuclear Science Research Institute in Tokaimura, Ibaraki.

    webmasters comment:

    from the previous article:

    The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology then conducted a probe in August of nuclear energy facilities subject to the IAEA's safeguard program and also found nuclear substances unaccounted for in facilities other than the agency's.

    Killos of weapons grade materials unaccounted for in several facilities? And they are not even joking.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp