- United States of America
On 3 April 2018, Japan provided the IAEA with a copy of a report on the discharge record and the seawater monitoring results at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station during March, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent to all international Missions in Japan.
The report contains information on discharges from the subdrain and groundwater drain systems, as well as on groundwater bypassing conducted during the month of March. In both cases, in advance of the action, TEPCO analyzes the quality of the groundwater to be discharged and announces the results. These results confirm that the radiation level of sampled water are substantially below the operational targets set by TEPCO.
8 March 2018
On 8 March 2018, Japan provided the IAEA with a copy of a report on the discharge record and the seawater monitoring results at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station during February, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent to all international Missions in Japan.
The report contains information on discharges from the subdrain and groundwater drain systems, as well as on groundwater bypassing conducted during the month of February. In both cases, in advance of the action, TEPCO analyzes the quality of the groundwater to be discharged and announces the results. These results confirm that the radiation level of sampled water are substantially below the operational targets set by TEPCO.
5 March 2018
The Japanese Government has provided the IAEA with a report that summarizes the events and highlights the progress related to recovery operations at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The IAEA provided its assessments, which are contained in full at the end of the report.
Reduction of groundwater inflow into the buildings & pumped-up groundwater
The IAEA acknowledges the multiple initiatives taken by Japan have reduced the rate of groundwater inflow into the buildings and the pumped up groundwater. These measures include groundwater bypass, sub-drains, land-side impermeable walls using soil freezing and water proof pavement.
Investigations inside the Primary Containment Vessels (PCVs) in Units 2 and 3
The IAEA notes the ongoing progress in the investigation of damaged fuel and fuel debris inside the PCVs and that the information gained from the investigation will help with planning the removal of fuel and retrieval of fuel debris.
The IAEA also notes that spent fuel retrieval from Unit 3 is planned to start in the middle of 2018 fiscal year in Japan, as stated in the revised Mid- and-Long-Term Roadmap of September 2017.
The IAEA acknowledges the efforts undertaken by the Government of Japan as well as the concerned prefectures and municipalities to implement off-site decontamination, including initiation of the operation of the Interim Storage Facility. The IAEA notes Japan’s plans to continue monitoring the air dose rate in the environment and to continue implementing remediation measures, as appropriate.
Sea area monitoring results
Based on the information provided by Japan, no significant changes were observed in the monitoring results for seawater, sediment and marine biota during the period covered by this report. The levels measured by Japan in the marine environment are low and relatively stable. For the purpose of public reassurance, the IAEA encourages the continuation of sea area monitoring, particularly considering the ongoing authorized discharges of treated and monitored groundwater into the ocean.
Sea area monitoring data quality assurance
The IAEA continues to assist the Government of Japan in ensuring that the regularly updated Sea Area Monitoring programme is comprehensive, credible and transparent. The seventh interlaboratory comparison exercise and the fourth proficiency test are currently underway. Seawater, marine sediment and fish samples from coastal waters in the Fukushima Prefecture, which were jointly collected by IAEA experts and Japanese scientists in October 2017, are currently being analysed as part of this seventh interlaboratory comparison exercise. The eighth interlaboratory comparison exercise will be carried out in 2018.
The IAEA considers that the extensive data quality assurance programme helps to build confidence of the stakeholders in the accuracy and quality of the sea area monitoring data.
Based on the information provided by the authorities of Japan, the situation with regard to the safety of food, fishery and agricultural production continues to remain stable. No significant changes were observed since the previous report. Monitoring foods, appropriate regulatory action and public communication are helping to maintain confidence in the safety of the food supply. Food restrictions continue to be revised and updated as necessary in line with the food monitoring results. This indicates the continued vigilance of the authorities in Japan and their commitment to protecting consumers and trade.
Based on the information that has been made available, the Joint FAO/IAEA Division understands that measures to monitor and respond to issues regarding radionuclide contamination of food are appropriate, and that the food supply chain is controlled effectively by the relevant authorities
I as well as many people from multiple countries have expressed verbally to one another as well as through social media platforms, that we are not happy with the effort being put forth towards the fukushima incident's containment and clean up. Japan's efforts have been lacking and after 7 years, the incident is still affecting our ocean. It is long overdue for us to step in as a country and assist in the matter. We share the pacific ocean with Japan and their problem is now reaching our shores and will soon cause irreversible damage to our planet's ecosystems. I ask that congress and the president of the United states of America take action and divert their attention to lending aid so the matter can be handled before we all suffer from it. This is not just a matter of national safety but global safety.
The Fix Fukushima petition to Congress/President was written by Sam Ross and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.