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CCNE’s Open Letter to ICRP
on the proposed change of ICRP’s guidelines of
radiological protection in the event of a large nuclear accident

August 9, 2019

Claire Cousins, Chair, ICRP
Jacques Lochard, Vice-Chair, ICRP
Christopher H. Clement, Scientific Secretary, ICRP
cc: Members of the Main Commission and the Scientific Secretary
       Members of the Task Group 93
       Members of the Committee 4
       Chairs of the Committee 1-3

Dear Sirs,
    We are writing as representatives of the Citizens’ Commission on Nuclear Energy (CCNE), an independent think tank established in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The Commission currently consists of approximately 80 scientists, engineers, lawyers and professional CSO staffs. The members include those who live and work in the regions seriously affected by the Fukushima fallout. CCNE advocates for the basic principle of “Restoration of Humanity” in nuclear disaster relief.
    Recently, we learned that ICRP’s draft report of “Radiological Protection of People and the Environment in the Event of a Large Nuclear Accident” had been released for public consultation. We understand that the new international report has much to do with our ongoing experience of the historic accident of Fukushima. Residents in Japan, particularly those in the fallout areas under existing radiation exposure should know how their experiences are reviewed and reflected in the draft. In order to guarantee proper participation of the parties directly and variedly affected by the accident in the ICRP’s consultation process, we would like to request the following:

(1)provision of Japanese edition of the draft
(2)public consultation meetings in Japan (at least in Fukushima and Tokyo)
(3)an extension of the consultation period

    With regard to (3) above, we propose that the period should be extended until the end of this year at the earliest, so that as many stakeholders as possible through (1) and (2) could understand the significance of the proposed updates of the ICRP recommendations concerning the radiological protections after the severe nuclear accident.
    We would appreciate if you could answer this open letter of ours by August 21th, 2019. Thanking you in advance for your kind consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Kenichi Oshima, Chair, CCNE (Professor, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan)
Kanna Mitsuta, Deputy Chair, CCNE (Executive Director, Friends of the Earth Japan)
Komei Hosokawa, Chief Secretary, CCNE (Professor, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan)