Representatives from the Japan Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF) recently visited the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (EM) headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Hanford Site in Washington state to promote collaboration and provide updates on the status and plans to decommission Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, caused damage to the plant and surrounding communities. The NDF was created in September 2011 to oversee the decommissioning and cleanup of the plant, which is owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Company.
A history: Interactions between EM and Japanese officials are not new, according to the DOE. In 2020, DOE-EM officials joined other government and industry representatives in attending workshops to explore potential collaborations between the United States and Japan. Those workshops, which focused on decommissioning work in Japan, were hosted by Japan’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry and were supported by DOE-EM’s Office of Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Programs. A year earlier, DOE-EM hosted a tour at the Idaho National Laboratory site for Japanese engineers helping with the cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima accident.