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WANO Chairman visits Fukushima Daiichi

20/01/2012

Laurent Stricker, Chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), today visited the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its immediate surroundings. Also taking part in the visit were George Felgate, WANO Managing Director, Harunobu Shirayanagi, WANO Tokyo Centre Regional Director, Takao Fujie, President and CEO of JANTI and Ichiro Takekuro, technical advisor to TEPCO.

Following the visit Laurent Stricker commented:

"It is incredibly humbling to visit Fukushima Daiichi. The past year has been an extraordinary one, as the global nuclear industry has endeavoured to learn from the disaster. Stress tests have been carried out, plants and procedures have been closely examined and organisations such as WANO have sought to strengthen their programmes. This is all vital work, which will ensure that nuclear safety is strengthened, not diminished by what happened here on 11 March 2011."

Stricker continued:

"However, while all this work must go on, this visit to Fukushima has been a powerful reminder of the very human cost of the accidents here almost a year ago. My thoughts and those of WANO staff and members worldwide go out to the people caught up in the events of that day. As WANO was created following the disaster at Chernobyl, so WANO is changing after Fukushima to enable all global nuclear operators to learn the lessons from this disaster, and to strengthen their focus on nuclear safety and accident mitigation."

For more information please contact Claire Newell, WANO Communications Manager on: +44 (0)20 7495 9242 or via email at newell@wanocc.org, or George Felgate, WANO Managing Director (until 1pm GMT 20.01.12 only) on:  mobile: +44 (0)7796 144 311, email: felgate@wanocc.org.

 Photography from the visit will be made available as soon as possible on the WANO website.

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•WANO is a non-profit member association established in 1989 by the world's nuclear power operators to exchange safety knowledge and operating experience amongst organisations operating commercial nuclear power reactors.
•WANO members operate some 440 nuclear units in more than 30 countries around the world.
•WANO works with members in pursuit of its mission: to maximise the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide by working together to assess, benchmark and improve performance through mutual support, exchange of information and emulation of best practices.
•WANO was modelled on the American organisation, INPO, which was formed after the Three Mile Island accident. INPO is a member of WANO and beyond that, the organisations work together to share programme resources and learnings.
•For more information on WANO, visit www.wano.info