International scientists and scientific observers from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “visit” Japan to collect marine samples near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency has begun selecting some samples from the market fish in the south of Fukushima. This is the first IAEA sampling mission since the destruction of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began. Releasing treated radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.
Six species of fish were selected and analyzed: sole, bream, red thrush, Japanese mackerel, croaker and vermiculated puffer fish, known to have higher levels of radioactivity than other species due to the areas where they tend to move. .
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The Japanese government asked us to do this and one of the reasons is to try to strengthen trust in the data that Japan produces – explains an IAEA researcher supervising the investigation. The samples, the Agency said, will be sent to laboratories in each country for independent testing.
IAEA scientists and international scientific observers will visit Japan next week to collect marine samples near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Agency samples will be used to corroborate environmental monitoring and evaluate the country’s relevant technical capabilities.
— IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency (@iaeaorg) October 10, 2023
I can say that we do not expect to see any changes from fish – says Paul McGinnity, marine radiology scientist at the IAEA.
However, a small increase in the levels of tritiumRadioactivity, which cannot be removed from Fukushima Daiichi wastewater by the plant’s ALPS treatment system, is possible in locations near the discharge points, but radioactivity levels are expected to be, according to scientists. similar to those measured previously.
Fukushima Daiichi began discharging wastewater into the sea on August 24 and The release, which is expected to continue for decades, has met with strong opposition from fishing groups and neighboring countries., including South Korea, where hundreds of people protested. China also immediately banned all imports of Japanese seafood on the day the release began, severely hurting producers, processors and exporters, and Russia recently joined China in trade restrictions.
In short, is this really a safe operation for the environment and our health?
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