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Japan's nuclear regulator today approved Tokyo Electric Power Company's (Tepco's) decommissioning plan for the four reactors at its Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, close to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fukushima-Daini-decommissioning-plan-approved

The Japanese government on 13 April formally announced that the treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP site will be discharged into the sea, “based on more than six years of comprehensive study by experts, reviews by the IAEA, and engagement with parties concerned”. Five disposal methods had earlier been considered by the government: controlled discharge into the sea, ground injection, discharge as steam, discharge as hydrogen, and solidification for underground burial.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscontaminated-water-from-fukushima-to-be-discharged-to-the-sea-8673077

The Japanese government today announced its formal decision that the treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi site will be discharged into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) is expected to start discharging the mildly-radioactive water in 2023 in line with international standards and regulations.

Date: Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Japan-to-discharge-treated-Fukushima-Daiichi-water

IAEA-led international research on the management of severely damaged used nuclear fuel is providing key lessons learned from sites such as Fukushima Daiichi, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island and demonstrating the value of global scientific collaboration, IAEA said on 11 March.

Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-study-looks-at-severely-damaged-used-fuel-10-years-after-fukushima-8601284

“Ten years ago today, the Great East Japan Earthquake shook Asia’s seabed,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 11 March. “Its tremors were powerful enough to shift the earth on its axis. At the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the equipment reacted just as it was designed to do. It stopped, the control rods were inserted into the reactor core, and the cooling system kicked in. About an hour later, however, a giant tsunami swept across the mainland, overwhelming Japan’s coastal defences and Daiichi’s safety perimeter.” He noted that, despite the ensuing damage, which caused nuclides to be released into the environment, “scientists have found no evidence that this caused radiation-induced health effects”.

Date: Friday, 12 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-director-general-rafael-mariano-grossis-message-on-fukushima-8592022

The March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant "galvanised the international community," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today. He outlined the work the IAEA and its Member States have done to strengthen nuclear safety in the ten years since the accident.

Date: Thursday, 11 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-safety-bolstered-since-Fukushima-accident

The slow-down in the development of nuclear energy globally, as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, poses dire consequences for our fight against climate change, global human health and the resilience of global electricity systems, writes Sama Bilbao y León, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Anniversary-Reflecting-on-the-impacts-of-Fukushima

Increased incidences of radiation-related health effects among those exposed from the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are unlikely to be discernible, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) said in a new report today. The report's major findings and conclusions broadly confirm those of UNSCEAR's 2013 report on the accident.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Latest-data-confirms-indiscernible-impact-of-Fukus

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency on 3 March published a new report - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, Ten Years On: Progress, Lessons and Challenges. NEA said it is intended to assist Japan's recovery from the accident "for a better future for all, and more generally enhance the safe use of nuclear energy worldwide".

Date: Friday, 05 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnea-report-looks-at-fukushima-10-years-on-8566806

As work to decommission the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and revitalise the surrounding area continues, there are many ways international communities can learn, assist Japan and support each other, according to a new report from OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Published today, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the disaster, the report summarises the circumstances of the accident, the current status of the site, and lessons learned. It also considers the challenges that lie ahead and makes policy recommendations.

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NEA-assesses-the-cause-and-impact-of-Fukushima-acc