Exclusive: IAEA chief Grossi hints at disagreement among Fukushima report experts

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Exclusive: IAEA chief Grossi hints at disagreement among Fukushima report experts

The head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, Rafael Grossi, acknowledged that there may have been concerns expressed by one or two members of the international team of experts who contributed to the report approving Japan’s plan to release treated radioactive water from the Fukushima plant. When asked about potential disagreements among the experts, Grossi confirmed that he had heard reports of such concerns. However, he emphasized that the published report is scientifically sound and reliable.

Grossi clarified that none of the experts had directly raised their concerns with him, and he did not provide details on how he became aware of the issue. The international taskforce, established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2021, included participants from 11 countries, including China, which has been the most critical of Japan’s plan. Other countries represented in the taskforce were Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Marshall Islands, South Korea, Russia, Britain, the U.S., and Vietnam.

China has strongly criticized the IAEA’s report, arguing that endorsing Japan’s plan poses risks to marine life and human health. Despite assurances from Japan and the IAEA that the environmental impact will be minimal, Beijing remains unconvinced. Grossi clarified that the IAEA’s report does not constitute an endorsement of the plan and emphasized that the final decision to release the water rests with Tokyo, with the process scheduled to begin later this summer.

Grossi emphasized that the IAEA does not take sides and does not favor Japan, China, or any other country involved. The standards applied by the IAEA are consistent and applicable to all parties involved. The report merely confirms that Japan’s plan aligns with these standards.

The article was reported by Sakura Murakami and John Geddie in Tokyo, with editing by Jacqueline Wong and Michael Perry. The article adheres to the Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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