IAEA to send experts to study Fukushima recovery efforts
The trip will be a follow-up on a similar study in 2011, which was conducted at the request of the government of Japan
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, plans to send an international team of nuclear energy experts to Japan in late October to investigate cleanup efforts at the troubled Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), plant operator at Fukushima, to call in extra workers to repair the recently reported leaks that are releasing radioactive water from storage tanks into the Pacific Ocean.
According to the IAEA, the team of experts will "review the implementation of remediation activities in areas affected by the accident ... and provide advice to address associated challenges."
The team of nuclear experts will have 16 members. The trip will be a follow-up on a similar study in 2011, which was conducted at the request of the government of Japan.