IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria
18 - 22 March 2013
The lessons learned from the severe accident in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan called attention to potential weaknesses in accident management areas at nuclear power plants. These lessons point at the importance of accident management systems, including the availability of instrumentation systems that can monitor relevant plant parameters inside containment and potentially in the reactors during and after a severe accident. In response to this, the Safety Assessment Section of the IAEA Nuclear Safety and Security Department and the Nuclear Power Section of the IAEA Nuclear Energy Department are collaborating to produce a report documenting considerations in the design of accident monitoring systems. The basic outline of this report was prepared during the first Consultancy Meeting, held in Tokyo, Japan in 2012.
The report is intended to establish criteria and to reflect current knowledge, practices, operating experience, and trends related to nuclear power plant accident monitoring systems, and to implement the IAEA action plan on nuclear safety. It will cover in a comprehensive way all relevant aspects of accident monitoring in nuclear power plants.
In March 2013, a Consultancy Meeting was held at the IAEA to develop the basic outline into a full draft report. The meeting was attended by participants from seven countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the UK, and the USA.
An IAEA Technical Meeting is planned for May 2013 to discuss the technical issues that need to be addressed to implement accident monitoring systems and to review the draft report at the given phase of development.