Japan and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed to start a safety assessment of nuclear-contaminated water next month, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday.
Reported that Japan’s Ministry of Industry and Industry revealed that, after consultation, IAEA officials will visit Japan in September, with the Japanese government to discuss the object of assessment and methods, and so on, the year to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant sent a fact-finding mission. The mission will determine the concentration of radioactive substance radon in nuclear contaminated water and assess the environmental impact of nuclear contaminated water discharge to confirm its safety.
Japan plans to dilute nuclear-contaminated water with seawater and launch a sea discharge program around spring 2023. The plan has sparked a backlash in Japan and abroad. In June, Geng Shuang, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, urged Japan to reverse its erroneous decision to dispose of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant by means of marine emissions.