April 15 - IAEA officials begin eight-day mission to examine water storage facilities at Japan's failed Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant as TEPCO struggles to contain radioactive leaks. Jessica Gray reports.
Japan's failed Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. On Monday, the International Atomic Energy Agency began an eight-day inspection of the facility, which suffered a partial meltdown following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. At a press conference, Tokyo Electric Power Company's vice president admitted his company is falling short of its goals to decommission the plant following several leaks, power outages and equipment failures. IAEA officials refused to speculate on the situation, until they've seen the plant for themselves. (SOUNDBITE)(English) INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, DIRECTOR OFNUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND WASTE TECHNOLOGY, JUAN CARLOS LENTIJO, SAYING: "But we need to get more information and have more specific discussions with our counterparts to have an appropriate idea on the scope of this issue." Representatives of the 13-member mission will probe contaminated water leaks and the site's water storage facilities. TEPCO has struggled to decontaminate radioactive water and clean up other nuclear waste in the two years since the nuclear disaster.