UN: Good progress has been made in Fukushima remediation

A group of UN experts said that good progress has been made by Japan in remediation efforts in areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident.

UN: Good progress has been made in Fukushima remediation

In a preliminary report, a group of UN experts said that good progress has been made by Japan in remediation efforts in areas affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, while encouraging the Government to better communicate its decontamination goals to the public.

The expert mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to review remediation efforts, which concluded today (21 Oct), is a follow-up to the first mission carried out in October 2011 in the wake of the incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in March of that year.

The mission recognized the "huge effort and enormous resources" that Japan is devoting to its remediation strategies and activities, with the aim of improving living conditions for people affected by the nuclear accident and enabling evacuees to return home, the IAEA said in a news release.

The mission encouraged the Government to strengthen its efforts to explain to the public that an additional individual radiation dose of 1 millisievert per year (mSv/y), which it has announced as a long-term goal, cannot be achieved in a short time by decontamination work alone.

It also encouraged the relevant institutions in Japan to assess the role that the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) could play in the independent review of the remediation activities, particularly those required for the long term.

In March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake created a tsunami that in addition to killing 20,000 people, slammed into the power station, disabling cooling systems and leading to fuel meltdowns in three of the six units. The incident was reported to be the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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