IAEA to send second team of experts to check nuclear disaster cleanup


A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit Japan from Oct. 14 to 21 to check progress in decontaminating areas affected by the Fukushima meltdowns, the Environment Ministry said.

The 16-member team will visit Fukushima Prefecture, home to the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex, for three days from Oct. 16 to inspect decontamination work. It will also hold meetings with government officials, and then release a report on its findings Oct. 21.

It will be the second mission dispatched by the Vienna-based nuclear watchdog to inspect cleanup efforts related to the nuclear crisis. The first IAEA team visited Japan in October 2011, seven months after Fukushima No. 1 suffered three core meltdowns.