An aerial photo shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture in January 2021.
Picture: KOTA ENDO
Scientists with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), along with observers, will visit Japan next week to take marine samples near the defunct Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
agency's samples will be used to corroborate Japan's environmental monitoring
and to assess the country's relevant technical capabilities.
work supports the IAEA's ongoing monitoring and assessment activities in Japan
under the IAEA's overall safety review of the treated water discharges.
is assessing whether TEPCO and the government of Japan are applying the
relevant international safety standards.
results from the new samples will also be compared against samples taken last
year to determine whether any changes have occurred in the levels of
radionuclides in the marine environment since the discharges began in August
mission will also provide samples for the IAEA's project initiated in 2014 to
support the quality assurance of broader marine environmental monitoring by
Japanese laboratories related to the decommissioning of the power station.
16-23 October, the IAEA team will observe the collection and processing of
seawater, marine sediment and fish samples from coastal waters in the vicinity
of the FDNPS.
staff from the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco, as well as
experts from laboratories in Canada, China and Republic of Korea, will
participate in the sample collection.
team will also take part in the sampling of fish from markets in the Fukushima