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Media Advisory 2013/28

IAEA to Send Experts on Marine Monitoring to Japan

5 November 2013 | The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will send experts on marine monitoring to Japan in preparation for an IAEA-led international peer review mission on the decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

At the request of the Government of Japan, the two IAEA experts from the Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco* will visit Japan from 6 to 12 November. They will observe sea water sampling and data analysis in Fukushima (7 and 8 November 2013) and also will meet officials of relevant Japanese authorities in Tokyo to collect detailed information about the marine monitoring conducted by Japan under its Sea Area Monitoring Plan (11 November 2013).

The findings of the experts will be valuable input to the Second International Peer Review of Japan's Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Units 1-4, which is currently under discussion between the Agency and Japan for dispatch toward the end of November this year. One of the focuses of the Mission is the contaminated water issue.

Details of media access are provided by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) of Japan in Tokyo. The announcement of the second international peer review mission will be made later this month.

» Also see IAEA Experts' Visit to Japan for Observing Marine Monitoring, NRA Press Release, 5 November 2013.

* Mr. David Osborn, Director of Monaco Environment Laboratories and Mr. Hartmut Nies, Head of Radiometrics Laboratory.