By Adam Justice / IBTimes.co.uk / February 9, 2015 / The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team that will review Japan’s decommissioning work at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant this week, said on Monday (9 February) that contaminated water leakage remains a challenging issue.
Since the devastating March 2011 earthquake that caused triple meltdowns at the Fukushima plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has struggled with the initial crisis and subsequent unprecedented work needed to decommission the facility.
The company floundered in dealing with several problems at the site, including a series of leaks of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
TEPCO proceeded with decommissioning steps, including the tricky removal of spent fuel rod assemblies from a badly damaged reactor building.
Dismantling the plant and decontaminating the nearby area is likely to take decades and cost ten of billions of dollars.
In January, TEPCO said it would not be able to meet a self-imposed deadline to decontaminate water containing highly radioactive substances by the end of March.