A team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency has begun a probe in Japan into contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear plant


A team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been investigating the safety of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan since April 14, and is preparing an interim report this year.The iaea team includes 15 experts from 15 countries, including China and South Korea, according to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.The team began visiting Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Tokyo Electric Power Company on Monday and will visit the fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Thursday and Sunday.The investigation team will hold a press conference on May 18 to explain the investigation.The IAEA team was originally scheduled to visit Japan by the end of 2021, but it has been postponed until now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The March 11 earthquake in 2011 led to the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the release of radioactive materials, continuous cooling operations and rainwater, groundwater into the reactor facilities, resulting in a large and growing amount of nuclear water.About 1.3 million tons of contaminated water are stored at the fukushima Daiichi plant.In April 2021, the Japanese government decided to filter and dilute the nuclear water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and discharge it into the sea.The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the Fukushima Daiichi plant, plans to start releasing contaminated nuclear water into the Pacific Ocean in the spring of 2023.The move has caused concern in Japan and neighboring countries. The Fukushima Prefecture Fisheries Association has continued to oppose the discharge of nuclear water into the sea. International observers have strongly called on Japan to make a prudent decision based on full consultation with neighboring countries.(Original title: INTERNATIONAL Atomic Energy Agency Team Begins Probe into Fukushima Contaminated Water problem in Japan, edited by Ren Zhengbin)

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