International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts today began a mission to collect samples of seawater, marine sediment and fishery products from coastal waters in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
The 3-14 June mission aims to support the quality assurance of radioactivity data collection and analysis by Japanese laboratories involved in this project.
It is the ninth IAEA visit since 2014 to collect marine samples from around TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) for inter-laboratory comparisons of radioactivity analyses.
The team includes two staff from the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco as well as two experts from the network of Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity. In addition to collecting seawater and marine sediment near Fukushima Daiichi NPS, the team will also select samples of fish caught by fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture.
The visit is a follow-up activity to recommendations made on marine monitoring in a 2013 report by the IAEA International Peer Review Mission on Mid- and Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi NPS Units 1-4, which reviewed Japan's efforts to plan and implement the decommissioning of the plant.
In July 2017 the IAEA released a report which reviewed the six inter-laboratory comparisons and sampling missions conducted from 2014 to 2016. It concluded that Japanese laboratories analysing seawater, marine sediment and fish samples from near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant produce reliable data.
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