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IAEA's International Expert Mission on Remediation Issues Preliminary Report

International Expert Mission on Remediation Issues

At the Japanese Ministry of Environment, Environment Minister Goshi Hosono receives a copy of the IAEA international experts' report on the Japanese authorities' remediation strategies. The report is presented by Juan Carlos Lentijo, Mission Team Leader and Deputy Mission Team Leader Tero Varjoranta, Tokyo, 14 October 2011 (Photo: G. Verlini/IAEA).

The IAEA international expert mission to Japan concluded their mission to Japan on 14 October 2011. The mission's Preliminary Report can be accessed here [pdf].

At the Japanese Ministry of Environment, Environment Minister Goshi Hosono received a copy of the IAEA international experts' Report on the Japanese authorities' remediation strategies from Juan Carlos Lentijo, Mission Team Leader and Deputy Mission Team Leader Tero Varjoranta.

The mission was dispatched to Japan to help the country develop its remediation plans, following the nuclear accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

The mission, requested by the Japanese Government, comprised 12 international experts from several countries and IAEA experts who visited Japan from 7 to 14 October 2011.

The mission team met all of Japan's relevant Government Offices, Ministries and Agencies involved in the effort to develop strategies and plans to implement 20 countermeasures to remediate the areas affected by the consequences of the nuclear accident in the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

In addition, the team consulted with the Japanese counterparts in charge of assisting the lives of victims around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nnuclear Power Plant.

In Fukushima, the IAEA experts met the Fukushima Decontamination Team, as well as staff from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's (JAEA) Fukushima office and representatives from the Fukushima Prefecture for a briefing on the environmental remediation efforts underway in the area, including at the Haramachi thermal power plant in the city of Minami-Soma, and at a remediation model site located in the hills inland from the city of Minami-Soma, where methods and technologies for the remediation of forestry areas are being tested.

At four locations in Fukushima, the team visited model remediation projects being carried out by the Fukushima Decontamination Team and JAEA, including the Tominari Elementary school and the Shimooguni Central Assembly Hall in Date.

In the territory of the village of Iitate, the team visited two sites where agricultural remediation technologies are applied and verified.

At all of these demonstration sites, experts are evaluating the efficiency of a number of methods and technologies that can be used in environmental remediation strategies.

The team met the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture and visited the accident site at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

While drafting the preliminary report in Tokyo, the IAEA Mission Team also met Japanese officials including officials from MEXT, the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan and the Nuclear Safety Commission.

Background

The IAEA's International Remediation Expert Mission to Japan is an essential component of the IAEA's Nuclear Safety Action Plan, approved by the IAEA Board of Governors on 13 September and endorsed by all 151 Member States at the recent IAEA General Conference in September 2011. The Action Plan defines a programme of work to strengthen the global nuclear safety framework.

The expert team is led by Juan Carlos Lentijo, the General Director for Radiation Protection at Spain's nuclear regulatory authority.

The Government of Japan has been formulating a strategy and plans to implement countermeasures to remediate the areas affected by the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

The IAEA organized an International Fact Finding Expert Mission of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which was conducted between 24 May and 2 June 2011.

The current mission is a follow-up to the fact finding mission held earlier in the year.

The final report of the International Remediation Expert Mission will be presented to the Japanese Government in the month following the conclusion of the mission.

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-- By Giovanni Verlini in Tokyo, IAEA Public Information


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