IAEA: Science key to Fukushima plant water release

In this image made from video, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Lydie Evrad, speaks to media via video conference concerning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged in the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. The three-member team led by Evrard, is in Japan for a five-day visit for a preliminary talks and visit to the nuclear power plant to prepare for the IAEA’s multi-year monitoring and review of the planned water discharge, which is expected to take decades. (Foreign Press Center Japan via AP)

TOKYO — Objective, science-based monitoring is the key to safely carrying out the planned release of treated but still radioactive water at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, an International Atomic Energy Agency official said Thursday.