The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is sending an international expert review mission on remediation to Japan to review the implementation of remediation activities in areas affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and provide advice to address associated challenges.

Dr Brenda Howard of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) will be participating in the expert mission as the leader of an associated activity considering remediation for the Fukushima Comprehensive Report. Dr Howard’s research interests include radionuclide transfer to animals in agricultural and semi-natural ecosystems, radiation protection of organisms other than humans, remediation after nuclear accidents and analysis and application of radioecological data.

The Follow-up IAEA International Mission on Remediation of Large Contaminated Areas Off-site the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is taking place from 14 to 21 October 2013 at the request of the government of Japan. The 16-person team will consist of IAEA staff and international experts. The mission is a follow-up to one conducted in October 2011.

The main purpose of the mission is to evaluate the progress of ongoing remediation work in Japan and provide advice to address remediation challenges. The mission team will meet relevant governmental authorities, including the Ministry of the Environment. From 16 to 18 October it will visit remediation sites in Fukushima Prefecture.

On the last day of the mission, a report summarizing the mission team's findings and advice will be submitted to the government of Japan, which will make it publicly available.

More information can be found on the IAEA website.

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