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IAEA Experts to Review Japan's Decommissioning Work at Fukushima Daiichi Site


A team of IAEA and international experts will review Japan's decommissioning work at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station during a mission to be held from 9 to 17 February 2015.

The 15 experts taking part in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission will meet officials from the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and TEPCO, the operator of the plant that was struck by a tsunami in 2011. The team also will visit the Fukushima Daiichi site to observe decommissioning work and progress first-hand.

The IAEA Review Mission on Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Units 1-4 takes places at the request of the Japanese Government and aims to review decommissioning done so far and look at challenges ahead. The review is based on IAEA Safety Standards and other safety and technical advice.

The mission will provide advice on safety and technological aspects of decommissioning, waste management and other related activities, as well as on the planning and implementation of decommissioning and pre-decommissioning work. The mission also will review progress achieved since two earlier IAEA decommissioning missions to Japan, held in April 2013 and November to December 2013.

The team will be led by Juan Carlos Lentijo, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology. Mr Lentijo also led the two previous decommissioning missions.

The team will deliver a preliminary summary report to the Japanese Government at the end of the mission, with a final version to follow later. For reports from the earlier missions, please see:

Journalists are invited to the following media opportunities:

9 February:  Common meeting room 3, 17th floor, METI Main Building, Tokyo

9:30 –  (A) Short media briefing with Mr Lentijo (English-Japanese interpretation provided)

9 February:  International conference room, 17th floor, METI Main Building, Tokyo

10:00 –  (B) Photo opportunity (still and video cameras only) at the start of the mission's opening meeting

17 February: Room (TBA), 11th floor, METI Main Building, Tokyo

(Time to be announced by METI) – (C) Photo opportunity (still and video cameras only) at the delivery of the preliminary summary report of the mission.

17 February: Foreign Press Center, Tokyo

17:00 – (D) Press conference on the mission's preliminary results with Mr Lentijo (English-Japanese interpretation provided)

Journalists who want to take part in any of the press opportunities must send their names, affiliations, nationality of affiliation and emergency contact number to 1f-uketsuke@meti.go.jp, specifying which opportunity (A-D) they will attend. For the 9 February media briefing and photo opportunity, please send your email no later than 15:00, 6 February. For the 17 February photo opportunity and press conference, please send your email no later than 15:00, 16 February.

For additional information, please contact IAEA Press Officer Susanna Lööf.

Last update: 20 June 2018


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