UN atomic energy agency 'committed to full transparency on Fukushima clean-up'

There will be “no damage whatsoever” to the environment from the discharge of seawater used to cool the broken reactors at Fukushima nuclear plant, the head of the UN atomic energy agency, Rafael Grossi, has insisted. 

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News in Brief 16 April 2021

  • Northeast Nigeria violence forces 65,000 to flee, humanitarians targeted
  • Papua New Guinea at “critical” moment in fight against COVID-19: WHO
  • Japan: Rights experts ‘deeply disappointed’ by Fukushima water discharge plan
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Japan: UN experts ‘deeply disappointed’ by decision to discharge Fukushima water

Three independent UN human rights experts expressed deep regret on Thursday over Japan’s decision to discharge potentially still radioactive Fukushima nuclear plant water into the ocean, warning that it could impact millions across the Pacific region.  

News in Brief 13 April 2021

  • Myanmar bloodshed could lead to new Syria: UN human rights chief
  • The IAEA offers support for Fukushima contaminated water discharge plan
  • Rights experts sound alert over Uganda election crackdown
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UN atomic energy agency to work with Japan on Fukushima water disposal

The International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, said on Tuesday that it will work closely with Japan which is preparing to release a million tonnes of treated seawater used to cool the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.

UN experts cite ‘possible exploitation’ of workers hired to clean up toxic Japanese nuclear plant

A group of United Nations rights experts are urging the Japanese government to urgently protect tens of thousands or workers hired to help decontaminate the Fukushima nuclear plant, who are reportedly being exploited and exposed to toxic nuclear radiation.

UN team praises Japan’s efforts to decommission damaged nuclear plant, notes challenges

A team from the United Nations nuclear watchdog today praised Japan for its efforts to decommission the damaged Fukushima power station, while noting that several complex challenges have to be addressed to ensure the plant’s stability.

UN team hails Japan’s remediation efforts in Fukushima-affected areas

Good progress has been made by Japan in remediation efforts in areas affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, a group of United Nations experts have said in a preliminary report, while encouraging the Government to better communicate its decontamination goals to the public.

UN welcomes news that stricken Japanese nuclear plant is now stable

The United Nations nuclear watchdog today welcomed Japan’s announcement that it had successfully stabilized the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged earlier this year and that the release of radioactive materials is under control.

Slovenia’s response in wake of Japanese nuclear accident praised by UN

United Nations atomic experts today commended Slovenia’s regulatory framework for nuclear safety, citing its prompt reaction to the implications of the accident and radiation release at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant earlier this year.