International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts will visit Japan from 17 to 21 April 2015 to obtain additional information on the management of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, run by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The visit complements the 3rd IAEA International Peer Review Mission on Mid- and Long-Term Roadmap Towards the Decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi’s Units 1-4, which in February reviewed Japan's efforts to plan and implement the plant's decommissioning.
The Japanese government requested the visit in order to provide the IAEA with further explanations on measures against contaminated water, including contaminated rainwater, and TEPCO's efforts to improve communications and public outreach activities that may be of relevance to the IAEA Mission and its Final Report. The IAEA experts will discuss these issues with officials from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and TEPCO. They will also conduct a site visit of the Fukushima Daiichi facility.
The IAEA Mission is finalizing its Final Report, which was originally due to be published by the end of March. Publication will be postponed until after the visit, however, to allow for consideration of the additional information to be obtained by the experts.