IAEA acknowledges Fukushima Daiichi clean-up work

05 December 2018

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts have completed the fourth review mission of Japan's efforts towards the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS). The International Peer Review of Japan's Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap Towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station took place from 5 to 13 November 2018.

The IAEA team said Japan has made significant progress since the accident in March 2011, advancing from an emergency situation towards a stable situation now.

The team reviewed progress since the 2015 mission, the current situation on site and future plans in areas such as water management, removal of spent fuel assemblies and retrieval of fuel debris, management of radioactive waste, and institutional and organizational matters.

In its Preliminary Summary Report delivered to Japanese authorities , the team acknowledged a number of accomplishments since the 2015 mission, including: the repair of subdrains and construction of the frozen soil wall around reactor Units 1-4, which have reduced groundwater ingress into the reactor buildings; the construction of storage and processing facilities for the safe management of solid radioactive wastes; improved site working conditions including a reduced need for full protective gear, and real-time radiation monitoring easily accessed by the workforce; progress towards the removal of spent fuel from Units 1-3 as well as remote investigations of fuel debris by robots.

The team plans to deliver its final report to the Government by the end of January.

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