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Video Conference Briefing Session to the Government of the Republic of Korea
on the Current Status of Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) Treated Water
at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

January 19, 2022

On 19th January, 2022, a video conference briefing session for the Government of Republic of Korea (ROK) was organized on the current status of ALPS treated water at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS). (Japanese side: Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MOFA), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI), and TEPCO. ROK side: relevant governmental bodies including Office for Government Policy Coordination, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nuclear Safety and Security Commission, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety and Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries)

  1. At the beginning of the session, MOFA, METI, and TEPCO explained the overview of the application submitted by TEPCO to the Nuclear Regulation Authority(NRA) on December 21st 2021 for approval of amendment to the Implementation Plan on Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It was followed by Q&A session.
  2. The Japanese side explained that this application was submitted to partially amend the implementation plan about necessary equipment to facilitate decommissioning of TEPCO’s FDNPS, in response to the Basic Policy on handling of ALPS treated water issued in April 2021. The implementation plan was originally submitted in 2012 and approved in the following year. The Japanese side also explained thoroughly that hereafter, the application will be reviewed at NRA meetings, which are open to the public, NRA will seek public comments about the draft report of the review, and the process and the content of the NRA’s review will be reviewed by IAEA.
  3. The Government of Japan will continue to explain thoroughly the situation of the FDNPS to the international community in a transparent manner in close collaboration among all the related Ministries and Agencies.

[NOTE] ALPS treated water is water which is processed by devices such as ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) to ensure that the radioactive materials other than tritium surely meets the regulatory standards for safety.

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