UN nuclear experts visit Fukushima again to evaluate shutdown plan

6 years ago by in Japan

Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will revisit Fukushima nuclear power plant next week to evaluate the government’s efforts to shut down the plant and to prevent other radioactive leaks, the IAEA said on Tuesday.

“An expert team will visit Japan this month at the request of the Japanese government to review the efforts and plans to decommission TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station,” the IAEA said in a statement.

The 19-strong mission will take place from November 25 to December 4, it said.

“The IAEA mission will assess that plan and, in particular, efforts to manage contaminated water at the accident site and to remove fuel assemblies from the Spent Fuel Pool in Reactor Unit 4,” the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog said, according to the international press.

One of the most dangerous and risky processes at Fukushima power plant started on Monday with Japanese workers removing nuclear fuel rods from a damaged reactor, according to the officials.

The whole process is expected to last about a year and is administrated by TEPCO, the operator of the crippled power plant. It involves emptying the spent-fuel pool of the No. 4 reactor unit that was damaged by a hydrogen explosion.

During next week’s visit, the IAEA experts will meet with officials in Tokyo and go to the Fukushima site.