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Performance of in situ gamma-ray spectrometry in the assessment of radioactive cesium deposition around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Ji, Y.-Y.*; Ochi, Kotaro; Hong, S. B.*; Nakama, Shigeo; Sanada, Yukihisa; Mikami, Satoshi

Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 179, p.109205_1 - 109205_11, 2021/02

In situ gamma-ray spectrometry using diverse survey platforms has been conducted in contaminated areas with several dose rate levels around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP). Six survey sites, including two evacuation zones around the FDNPP, were selected for ground-based gamma-ray spectrometry using HPGe (high purity Ge) and LaBr$$_{3}$$(Ce) detectors to assess the radioactive cesium deposition in the ground. The diverse levels of radioactivity of $$^{137}$$Cs were then distributed to six survey sites from 30 to 3000 kBq m$$^{-2}$$ in the measurement period of October 2018. A method to directly calculate the depth profile using in situ measurement was introduced so as to have representation over a wide area, and the results were successfully compared with those of sample analysis at one point in the site.

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Think of issues for treatment various waste from nuclear plant

Suzuki, Masafumi*; Yoshinaka, Kazuyuki

Gijutsushi, (648), p.12 - 15, 2020/12

The site tour which is a part of CPD events regarding the issue concerning the radioactive waste from nuclear facilities was organized in autumn 2019, and we visited the facilities related to the specified waste due to the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in spring 2020. The tours made us reacknowledge the impact of radionuclides on environment at accident, the importance of the management of nuclear facilities under the basic premise of ensuring safety, the necessity of the discussion based on the common understanding, and that would be contributed to find the solution of those issues.

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Method for groundwater monitoring on the disposal of radioactive waste

Murakami, Hiroaki; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Nishiyama, Nariaki*

Genshiryoku Bakkuendo Kenkyu (CD-ROM), 27(1), p.22 - 33, 2020/06

Geological disposal of radioactive waste requires the large amounts of fundamental technical knowledge throughout the project. Monitoring is carried out to collect site-relevant information for the creation of an environmental database, to assist in the decision-making process, etc. We summarized the current technical level and problems of the groundwater monitoring in the world. Through the research and technology development so far, the technologies have been developed for drilling borehole in the geological environment survey prior to monitoring and the selection of the monitoring site. However, the following technical developments are remaining issues: long-term operation method of monitoring equipment, retrieving method of monitoring equipment after long-term operation, transport method of backfill material for borehole sealing, technical basis for the sealing performance when the borehole-protective casing and strainer tube are left.

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Estimation of the vertical distribution of radiocesium in soil on the basis of the characteristics of $$gamma$$-ray spectra obtained via aerial radiation monitoring using an unmanned helicopter

Ochi, Kotaro; Sasaki, Miyuki; Ishida, Mutsushi*; Hamamoto, Shoichiro*; Nishimura, Taku*; Sanada, Yukihisa

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(8), p.926_1 - 926_14, 2017/08

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:86.05(Environmental Sciences)

After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, the vertical distribution of radiocesium in soil has been investigated to better understand the behavior of radiocesium in the environment. The typical method used for measuring the vertical distribution of radiocesium is troublesome because it requires collection and measurement of the activity of soil samples. In this study, we established a method of estimating the vertical distribution of radiocesium by focusing on the characteristics of $$gamma$$-ray spectra obtained via aerial radiation monitoring using an unmanned helicopter. In this method, the change in the ratio of direct $$gamma$$ rays to scattered $$gamma$$ rays at various depths in the soil was utilized to quantify the vertical distribution of radiocesium. The results show a positive correlation between the abovementioned and the actual vertical distributions of radiocesium measured in the soil samples.

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Coupling the advection-dispersion equation with fully kinetic reversible/irreversible sorption terms to model radiocesium soil profiles in Fukushima Prefecture

Kurikami, Hiroshi; Malins, A.; Takeishi, Minoru; Saito, Kimiaki; Iijima, Kazuki

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 171, p.99 - 109, 2017/05

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:70.46(Environmental Sciences)

A modified diffusion-sorption-fixation model (mDSF) is proposed to describe the vertical migration of radiocesium in soils following fallout. The model introduces kinetics for reversible sites, meaning that the exponential-shape radiocesium distribution can be reproduced immediately following fallout. The initial relaxation mass depth of the distribution is determined by the diffusion length, which depends on the distribution coefficient, sorption rate and dispersion coefficient. The model captures the long tails of the radiocesium distribution at large depths. These tails are caused by different rates for kinetic sorption and desorption.

JAEA Reports

Results of borehole investigation in -500m access/research gallery-north (13MI38$$sim$$13MI44 Boreholes)

Hasegawa, Takashi; Kawamoto, Koji; Yamada, Nobuto; Onuki, Kenji; Omori, Kazuaki; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Sato, Toshinori

JAEA-Technology 2015-011, 135 Pages, 2015/07


The geological, hydraulic and geochemical data such as rock mass classification, groundwater inflow points and the volume, water pressure, and hydraulic conductivity were obtained from boreholes (13MI38$$sim$$13MI44) in the -500m Access/Research Gallery-North of Mizunami Underground Research laboratory (MIU). In addition to data acquisition, monitoring systems were installed to observe hydrochemical changes in the groundwater, and rock strain during and after the groundwater recovery experiment.

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Sensitivity of radioactive nuclide leaching rate under the sub-surface disposal

Tsuji, Tomoyuki; Nakamura, Yasuo; Nakatani, Takayoshi

JAEA-Technology 2015-014, 34 Pages, 2015/06

[The article has been found to have a problem about reliability of the corrosion data acquisition, and thus it is unavailable to download the full text in accordance with authors' intentions to retract the report.] In order to dispose of radioactive wastes for sub-surface disposal, JAEA has studied the safety assessment for likely scenario and less-likely scenario. Radioactive nuclide leaching rate under the sub-surface disposal is important parameter in the safety assessment because radioactive nuclides in activated metal wastes are released with its corrosion. In this report, sensitivity of radioactive nuclide leaching rate is studied for the safety assessment. As the result, it is confirmed that Cl-36 which is dominant for the safety assessment in groundwater scenario is sensitive to radioactive nuclide leaching rate, but Nb-94 which is dominant in tunnel excavation scenario is not sensitive to radioactive nuclide leaching rate but to distribution coefficients in engineered barrier.

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Environmental impact of nitrate nitrogen in sub-surface disposal system on surface water and sensitivity analysis of distribution coefficient of nitrate ion and porosity of waste layer on the environmental safety assessments

Nakamura, Yasuo; Nakatani, Takayoshi

JAEA-Technology 2014-048, 18 Pages, 2015/03


Sodium nitrate is included bituminized waste generating from the reprocessing plant of spent fuel which is disposed of in sub-surface disposal facility. Because the sodium nitrate is soluble material in surface water, it is a concern impact on surface water. Such as non-radioactive materials are not strictly regulated by "the Law for the Regulations of Nuclear Source Material, Nuclear Fuel Material and Reactors", but should be considered by related laws and regulations according to former basic policy. Because it is regulated as nitrate nitrogen by "The Basic Environment Law", the valuation of the environmental impact on general sub-surface disposal system was carried out. As the results, the concentration of nitrate nitrogen in river water whose annual quantity of water is rather than 1$$times$$10$$^{5}$$m$$^{3}$$/y is below the regulated value at the small scale surface waters as evaluation point.

JAEA Reports

Development of the assessment tool for has migration scenario concerning sub-surface disposal

Sakatani, Keiichi; Nakamura, Yasuo; Tsuji, Tomoyuki; Nakatani, Takayoshi

JAEA-Data/Code 2014-020, 38 Pages, 2014/11


The safety assessment for sub-surface disposal of radioactive wastes should ensure that calculated dose will be lower than the dose assigned to the scenario in question over the whole evaluation period of hundreds of thousands years. We have developed several assessment tools for the safe disposal of radioactive wastes on the GoldSim platform, and calculated doses since JFY 2008. These assessment tools have been improved reflecting the last view of assessment. In addition, we have developed an assessment tool for the gas migration scenario. This report describes concept of assessment model and structure of tool for the gas migration scenario.

JAEA Reports

Examination of a distributed small reactor system with the social acceptability; The District heat supply small reactor system using deep underground cave

Nakajima, Nobuya; Takahashi, Hiroki; Kusunoki, Tsuyoshi; Mitomo, Nobuo

JAERI-Tech 2005-057, 54 Pages, 2005/09


Availability using small reactor sited in deep underground cave was examined as a district heat supply system.From the viewpoint of a social acceptability, the contact points with a distributed small reactor system were examined to resolve a social structure-subject of a big city through investigation of the city environmental issue and city calamity. In order to estimate the scale of the heat source of a district heat supply system, a virtual city model was set up about 100,000 populations. It became clear that the heat can be supplied by installing two reactors with thermal-power 100MWt (MR-100G) in caves. Moreover, it turns out that the system will also function effectively for more than 40 years. The economic efficiency of this system was compared with the natural-gas boiler, and we confirmed that the district heat supply system by the small reactor is excellent especially for the case of long-term system operation.

Journal Articles

Depth profiles of long lived radionuclides in Chernobyl soils sampled around 10 years after the accident

Amano, Hikaru; Onuma, Yoshikazu*

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 255(1), p.217 - 222, 2003/01

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:47.46

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports


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JNC-TN7410 2000-004, 16 Pages, 2000/04


JAEA Reports


; ; *

JNC-TY7430 2000-001, 57 Pages, 2000/03


no abstracts in English

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*; *; Yabuuchi, Satoshi

JNC-TY7400 2000-001, 72 Pages, 2000/03



Journal Articles

Research and development on very small reactor for heat supply

Nakajima, Nobuya; Kusunoki, Tsuyoshi; Odano, Naoteru; Ochiai, Masaaki

Dai-7-Kai Doryoku Enerugi Gijutsu Shimpojiumu Koen Rombunshu (00-11), p.225 - 228, 2000/00

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Data collection by literature survey on rock physical properties in Japan (II)

Sato, Toshinori; Taniguchi, Wataru; Fujita, Tomoo; Hasegawa, Hiroshi

JNC-TN7400 99-011, 36 Pages, 1999/12


In order to understand the general thermal and mechanical properties of rock masses and initial stress of rock at depth, data were compiled from the published literature in Japan and collected from investigations carried out at Kamaishi mine and Tono mine. Statistical examinations derived the ranges, means and medians of the mechanical properties for the different rock types. It was confirmed that the correlations between the mechanical properties were in agreement with correlations determined previously in other similar surveys. The unconfined compressive strength of Neogene sedimentary rocks showed a tendency to increase with increasing depth ($$geq$$ 500 m). An examination of the measured initial stress data collected through literature surveys showed that the vertical stress can be approximated by the extent of gravitational loading at a particular point. There is an approximately linear relationship between the average stress in a horizontal plane and the depth. The lateral pressure coefficient tends to have a high value and large range at shallow depths, but tends towards $$<$$ 1 with increasing depth.

JAEA Reports



JNC-TJ1440 99-005, 41 Pages, 1999/12


no abstracts in English

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Study on construction technology for repository

Tanai, Kenji; Iwasa, Kengo; Hasegawa, Hiroshi; Miura, K.*; Okutsu, Kazuo*; Kobayashi, Masaaki*

JNC-TN8400 99-046, 177 Pages, 1999/11


For the construction of underground facilities comprising access tunnels, connecting tunnels, main tunnels and disposal tunnels, a large number of tunnels will be excavated in deep rock formations. These excavations will extend hundreds kilometers in total length. Therefore, special attention must be paid, to transporting large volume of debris, ventilation, emergency escape routes in case of accident, and other factors. In addition, special attention must also paid to potential accidents which might in underground excavations, including unstable facing phenomena (such as collapse and swelling of facing at weak layer sections), spring water flow resulting collapse of rock, gas eruption, and rock burst. While considering these factors to be emphasized during the construction of geological disposal facilities, the investigation reviewed the existing working methods on individual construction technologies of access tunnels, main tunnels, connecting tunnels, disposal tunnels, and disposal pit, based on the recognition that the present state deals with a wide range of geological environments, and conducted investigation about the construction methods for each tunnel on the basis current technologies, and described the outline of these methods. Furthermore, for the items to be particulaly emphasized on site characterization koko and siting data such as ground pressure and spring water, the investigation reviewed the current countermeasure works, and made survey on the phenomena appeared during actual tunnel construction works and their countermeasres, and carried out a study on effectiveness of these countermeasures. This constructing of disposal site in deep geological formations is basically possible by applying, or confirming, current excavation technologies for tunnels and underground facilities, A systematic construction system combines separate technologies relating to construction, (excavation technology, tunnel support work method, etc.). Such systems ...

JAEA Reports

Hydrochemical Investigation and Status of Geochemical Modeling of Groundwater Evolution at the Kamaishi In-situ Tests Site, Japan

Sasamoto, Hiroshi; Yui, Mikazu; Arthur, R. C.*

JNC-TN8400 99-033, 153 Pages, 1999/07


The results of hydrochemical investigations of groundwaters in the Kurihashi granodiorite at JNC's Kamaishi in-situ tests site indicate that these solutions are: (1)meteoric in origin, (2)chemically reducing (at depths greater than a few hundreds meters), (3)relatively young [residence times in the Kurihashi granodiorite generally less than about 40 years, but groundwaters older than several thousand years BP (before present) are also indicated by preliminary carbon-14 dating of samples obtained from the KH-1 borehole], (4)Ca-HCO$$_{3}$$ type solutions near the surface, changing to Na-HCO$$_{3}$$ type groundwaters with increasing depth. The evolution of groundwater compositions in the Kurihashi granodiorite is modeled assuming local equilibrium for selected mineral-fluid reactions, taking into account the rainwater origin of these solutions. Results suggest it is possible to interpret approximately the "real" groundwater chemistry (i.e., pH, Eh, total dissolved concentrations of Si, Na, Ca, K, AI, carbonate and sulfate) in the Kurihashi granodiorite if the following assumptions are adopted: (1)CO$$_{2}$$ concentration in the gas phase contacting pore solutions in the overlying soil zone = 10$$^{-2}$$ bar, (2)minerals in the rock zone that control the solubility of respective elements in the groundwater include; chalcedony (Si), albite (Na), kaolinite (Al), calcite (Ca and carbonate), microcline (K) and pyrite (Eh and sulfate). Discussions with international experts suggest a systematic approach utilizing reaction-path models of irreversible water-rock interactions in open systems may be needed to more realistically model groundwater evolution at the Kamaishi test site. Detailed information characterizing certain site properties (e.g., fracture mineralogy) may be required to adequately constrain such models, however.

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Horita, M.*; Hokari, T.*

JNC-TJ7440 99-022, 378 Pages, 1999/06


no abstracts in English

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