IAEA Team Collects Marine Samples near Fukushima as Treated Radioactive Water Released into Sea


Summary: IAEA team visits Fukushima for marine sampling amid release of treated radioactive water into the sea; expects no rise in radiation levels in fish caught in regional seas.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team visited Fukushima for the first time since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant started releasing treated radioactive wastewater into the sea. The team observed the catching of fish like flounder off the coast and brought them to the Hisanohama port for an auction. Paul McGinnity, an IAEA marine radiology scientist, mentioned that no change in fish is expected in terms of radiation levels. However, a slight increase in the concentration of tritium near the discharge points may occur. The release of wastewater has faced opposition from fishing groups and neighboring countries, with China and Russia imposing trade restrictions. The IAEA conducted a review in July and found that the wastewater release would have a minimal impact on the environment and human health. The team also inspected seawater and marine sediment near the plant. The IAEA’s visit is important to evaluate the sampling and packing process of fish firsthand. The Japanese government requested the IAEA to conduct the sampling in response to skepticism from some IAEA member states. The fish samples will be sent to various laboratories for analysis. The sampled water will be reviewed by a separate IAEA task force. Japan has initiated measures to mitigate the impact of China’s seafood ban and explore new markets for its seafood.

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