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Japan - IAEA to Oversee Collection of Marine Samples Near Fukushima

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has commissioned Japanese experts to independently observe and document the collection of seawater, marine sediment and fish samples from coastal waters in Fukushima Prefecture.

The aim is to support the quality assurance of data collection and analysis by Japanese laboratories for radioactivity measurements.

The 4-20 November mission is the tenth organised by the IAEA, at the request of the Japanese Government, to verify that sea area monitoring around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains comprehensive, credible and transparent.

Unlike the previous nine missions when the IAEA sent its own team, including international experts, three independent Japanese experts will this time monitor the sampling on behalf of the Agency due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Since 2014, the IAEA has organised missions to support the collection of marine samples for interlaboratory comparisons of radioactivity analyses. For this mission, the independent domestic experts in environmental radioactivity will observe the sample collection of seawater and marine sediment samples near the Fukushima plant, and fish caught by commercial fishing operations in Fukushima Prefecture.

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