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IAEA and Japan agree on continuous safety review of Fukushima water

September 19, 2023 1:33 PM IST

Japan | radioactive water | IAEA | Fukushima water

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed with Japan on its continuous safety review of the discharge of treated water from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the IAEA said on September 18 in New York.

IAEA and Japan signed an agreement today setting out the full scope of the Agency’s comprehensive and continuous safety review of the discharge of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNSP), paving the way for decades of independent monitoring, sampling and analysis at the site and at sea.

Japan started releasing treated radioactive water from Tokyo Electric Power’s 9501.T Fukushima plant last month, sparking a diplomatic spat with China, Japan’s biggest trade partner.

China’s embassy in Japan has repeatedly said, most recently on Monday, that it was not invited to take part in the international framework to monitor the water from the Fukushima plant, which it calls “contaminated”.

(Inputs from Reuters)

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