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IAEA launches review of Fukushima water release

IAEA launches review of Fukushima water release

A team of International Atomic Energy Agency officials are in Japan to officially launch a multi-year review of the planned release of treated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It is the IAEA's first mission as part of its review and monitoring assistance to support Japan before, during and after the discharge of treated water, which is expected to start in 2023.

Regulation & Safety 06 September 2021


IAEA sees continued progress at Fukushima Daiichi

IAEA sees continued progress at Fukushima Daiichi

Conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant site have improved since a review in 2018, the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded following its fifth review of Japan's plans and activities to decommission the plant. The IAEA team of experts reviewed the current situation at the site and future plans in areas such as the removal of used fuel and the retrieval of fuel debris, radioactive waste, water and site management.

Regulation & Safety 27 August 2021


Undersea tunnel to discharge Fukushima Daiichi water

Undersea tunnel to discharge Fukushima Daiichi water

Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced plans for the construction of an undersea tunnel, about 1 kilometre in length, for the discharge of treated water currently stored at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The tunnel will release the tritiated water into an area of the ocean away from the plant but where no fishing rights are in place.

Regulation & Safety 26 August 2021


IAEA safety assurance begins for Fukushima water release

IAEA safety assurance begins for Fukushima water release

Details have been agreed of support that the International Atomic Energy Agency will give to Japan during the release of tritiated water from the Fukushima Daiichi site. IAEA's first official visit will be in September, ahead of the release of the water, which will be diluted to drinking-water quality.

Regulation & Safety 20 August 2021


Monitoring Fukushima radiation on land and sea

Monitoring Fukushima radiation on land and sea

Japanese laboratories monitoring radionuclides in seawater, marine sediment and fish near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continue to produce reliable data, according to a new International Atomic Energy Agency report. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to rear fish in treated radioactive water from the plant to demonstrate its safety. A University of Georgia study has shown that radioactive contamination in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone can be measured through its resident snakes.

Regulation & Safety 30 July 2021


Agreement on IAEA monitoring of Fukushima water release

Agreement on IAEA monitoring of Fukushima water release

The scope of technical assistance the International Atomic Energy Agency will provide in monitoring and reviewing the planned discharge of treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant site has been agreed. The Terms of Reference defining the objective of the IAEA's assistance, how it will be implemented and its organisational arrangements were signed yesterday by the agency and the Japanese government.

Regulation & Safety 09 July 2021


NEA report considers long-term management of severe accidents

NEA report considers long-term management of severe accidents

Many challenges have to be faced in maintaining safety over the long term in a damaged nuclear power plant following a severe accident, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency notes in a new status report. The report reviews knowledge and experience gained through long-term management of the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi accidents, by identifying and ranking main issues and knowledge gaps. It also reviews the existing regulations and guidance, practices, technical bases and issues regarding long-term management of a severely damaged nuclear site.

Regulation & Safety 06 May 2021


Fukushima Daiichi water to be discharged into sea

Fukushima Daiichi water to be discharged into sea

The Japanese government today announced its formal decision that the treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi site will be discharged into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Company is expected to start discharging the mildly-radioactive water in 2023 in line with international standards and regulations.

Regulation & Safety 13 April 2021


Latest data confirms 'indiscernible' impact of Fukushima radiation

Latest data confirms 'indiscernible' impact of Fukushima radiation

Increased incidences of radiation-related health effects among those exposed from the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are unlikely to be discernible, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation said in a new report today. The report's major findings and conclusions broadly confirm those of UNSCEAR's 2013 report on the accident.

Regulation & Safety 09 March 2021


Anniversary: Reflecting on the impacts of Fukushima Daiichi

Anniversary: Reflecting on the impacts of Fukushima Daiichi

The slow-down in the development of nuclear energy globally, as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, poses dire consequences for our fight against climate change, global human health and the resilience of global electricity systems, writes Sama Bilbao y León, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 09 March 2021