The UN nuclear chief, Rafael Mariano Grossi, arrived in Japan on Wednesday to visit the tsunami-devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. His visit comes after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed the safety of a contentious plan to release treated radioactive water into the sea.
During his four-day visit to Japan, Grossi participated in a meeting with government officials. Utility representatives, local mayors, and fishing association leaders. Emphasizing the IAEA’s continuous presence throughout the water discharge process. Moreover, Grossi addressed concerns and reassured stakeholders about the agency’s commitment to safety.
Grossi stated, “What is happening is not something exceptional, some strange plan that has been devised only to be applied here, and sold to you.” He further highlighted that the plan was certified by the IAEA. Aligns with general practices observed in many locations worldwide. This global consensus supports the release of treated radioactive water into the sea.
Acknowledging the doubts and concerns expressed by the public. Grossi admitted the absence of a “magic wand” to alleviate them but emphasized the IAEA’s commitment to providing long-term support. He stated, “We are going to stay here with you for decades to come until the last drop of the water which is accumulated around the reactor has been safely discharged.”
Minimal Environmental and Health Impact, According to IAEA Report
Grossi affirmed that the IAEA will review, inspect, and validate the plan’s efficacy over the coming decades. The agency’s ongoing involvement will ensure that international standards are met and that the environmental and health impact remains negligible.
In its final report released on Tuesday, the IAEA concluded that the plan was to release the wastewater. Which will be significantly diluted but still contain some radioactivity, adhering to international standards. The report affirms that the environmental and health implications of the release are minimal.
Grossi’s visit to the Fukushima Daiichi plant and the IAEA’s endorsement of the water release plan aim to address concerns, provide reassurance, and ensure the continued safety of the surrounding areas.