An International Atomic Energy Agency mission arrived in Japan on Monday to assist put together for a decades-long launch into the ocean of handled however nonetheless radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, officers mentioned.
The three-member group will meet with officers in Tokyo and journey to the Fukushima Daiichi plant to debate technical particulars with specialists till Friday, IAEA and Japanese officers mentioned.
The group, headed by Lydie Evrard, head of the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, is gathering info to organize a overview of the discharge plans.
The Japanese authorities and the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, introduced plans in April to begin releasing the water within the spring of 2023 so tons of of storage tanks on the plant will be eliminated to make room for different amenities wanted for its decommissioning.
The thought has been fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan’s neighbors, together with China and South Korea.
The utility plans to ship the water via an undersea tunnel and discharge it from a location about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) away from the coastal energy plant after additional treating and diluting it with massive quantities of seawater.
“The Agency is supporting Japan to ensure that the entire operation to discharge the water over the coming decades is conducted in a way that is consistent with international safety standards,” IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi mentioned in an announcement. He mentioned the group will talk about the timeline for IAEA evaluations to make sure the water discharge is carried out “in a safe and transparent manner.”
A large earthquake and tsunami in 2011 severely broken three reactors on the Fukushima Daiichi plant, inflicting contaminated cooling water to leak. The water has been saved in about 1,000 tanks which the operator says will attain their capability late subsequent yr.
Japanese officers say disposal of the water is required for the decommissioning of the plant, and that its launch into the ocean is probably the most lifelike choice.
Government and TEPCO officers say tritium, which isn’t dangerous in small quantities, can’t be faraway from the water, however all different isotopes chosen for therapy will be diminished to protected ranges. Controlled launch of tritium from regular nuclear plants is a routine international follow, officers say.
A separate IAEA taskforce has repeatedly reviewed and supplied technical help for the plant’s general decommissioning.
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