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IAEA Issues Final Report on Fourth Review of Fukushima Decommissioning

Vienna, Austria

Members of the IAEA's fourth peer review mission of Japan's plans to decommission Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, during a visit to the accident-stricken site on 7 November 2018. (Photo: J. Donovan/IAEA)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today published the final report by an IAEA expert team that reviewed Japan's efforts to plan and implement the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS).

The final report, based on findings made during a 5-13 November 2018 visit to Tokyo and the Fukushima Daiichi NPS by the 13-member team, is available here. The mission was the IAEA's fourth International Peer Review of Japan’s Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Two previous reviews were carried out in 2013 and one in 2015.

The final report of the fourth mission, delivered to Japanese authorities yesterday, contains additional details and expands on the Preliminary Summary Report released at the end of the mission. Both contain the same advisory points on topics including long-term radioactive waste management, measures against contaminated water, the removal of spent nuclear fuel and fuel debris, and public communications.

According to the IAEA Review Team, the Japanese government and TEPCO had given due consideration to the advice provided by the previous IAEA missions to enhance planning and safe implementation of decommissioning and radioactive waste management activities.

In the final report, the team reiterated that “significant progress has already been accomplished to move Fukushima Daiichi from an emergency situation to a stabilized situation. This should allow the focus of more resources for detailed planning and implementation of the decommissioning project of the whole site with considerations extended up to the completion of the decommissioning.”

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