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Japan govt, IAEA discuss plan to dump radioactive water into Pacific Ocean
Japan govt, IAEA discuss plan to dump radioactive water into Pacific Ocean

Tokyo, Feb 14 (TIWN): The Japanese government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday met to discuss the country's controversial plans to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, despite local and international opposition.

The discussions were held between representatives from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Foreign Ministry, the stricken plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) and the IAEA task force headed by Gustavo Caruso, director and coordinator at the IAEA's Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, reports Xinhua news agency.  The task force is due to stay in Japan through Friday and on Tuesday is slated to conduct safety reviews at the plant that had its key cooling functions knocked out by a massive earthquake-triggered tsunami in 2011, causing multiple core meltdowns in what continues to be the worst nuclear catastrophe since the Chernobyl nuclear crisis in 1986.  Caruso, in the meeting said that the task force will conduct its survey in an "objective, credible and science-based manner and help send a message of transparency and confidence to the people in Japan and beyond".  Keiichi Yumoto, director general for nuclear accident disaster response at the Industry Ministry, added: "We would like to ask for a strict and transparent evaluation.

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