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IAEA will help with decontamination

May 21, 2013


IAEA to support radioactive decontamination in Fukushima from July



VIENNA (Kyodo) -- Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit Fukushima Prefecture for five days from July 22 to support radioactive decontamination following the 2011 nuclear disaster, a senior IAEA official said Monday.

The experts will be provided with local radiation data, tour disaster-hit areas and support Fukushima's compilation of radiation maps, and radioactive decontamination and waste disposal efforts under the IAEA's three-year agreement with the prefecture, the official said.

The IAEA agreed with Fukushima Prefecture last December to implement joint projects for radioactive decontamination and residents' health, and sent experts for coordination of the projects in late February.

In April, the IAEA and Fukushima signed the three-year agreement to jointly look into the spread of radioactive substances and decontamination know-how.

No decision has been made regarding how to decontaminate forests that account for around 70 percent of the prefecture as assessing radioactive contamination in such areas is difficult.

The experts include some who were involved in handling the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in the former Soviet Union, the IAEA official said.

The U.N. agency plans to provide radiation data online to help ensure local residents' safety, the official said.

The IAEA experts are expected to consult with Fukushima officials on the safe incineration of waste suspected of radioactive contamination and on decontamination measures, and to propose specific measures based on international standards.



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