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IAEA says TEPCO can't do it alone

September 27, 2013


IAEA: Japan's radioactive water survey inadequate



The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency has suggested Japan should not monitor radioactivity unilaterally in the seawater around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. He pushed for international efforts in regard to the testing.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano spoke to the Japanese media in Vienna on Thursday about the leakage of radioactive water at the plant. The interview was held ahead of his scheduled visit to Japan next month.

Amano said that it is not sufficient for Japan to monitor levels of seawater radioactivity around the crippled nuclear plant alone as there are a variety of ways to conduct the testing.

He stressed cooperation with international bodies is crucial for Japan from the planning stage in order to gain trust from the international community.

The IAEA plans to send inspectors to Japan this autumn. The agency is considering including seawater analysis specialists on the mission.

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