Video Conference Briefing Session to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat on the Current Status of Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) Treated Water at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
On 2nd June, 2022, a video conference briefing session to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIF) was organized on the current status of ALPS treated water at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS). Director General KAIFU Atsushi from Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and officials from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and TEPCO, on the Japanese side; and Director Sione TEKITEKI from Governance and Engagement and experts, on the PIF, side attended the session.
- During the briefing, the Japanese side explained their efforts to ensure the safety of ALPS treated water and the review process of the handling of ALPS treated water. It was followed by a Q&A session among the participants.
- The Japanese side mentioned that as observed by the IAEA in its review report of safety related aspects of handling ALPS-treated water at TEPCO’s FDNPS, “Japan has made significant progress in its preparations”, and that the further actions would be taken based on the observations made in the IAEA review report. Furthermore, it explained that TEPCO would continue to go through domestic processes such as a pre-service inspection by NRA, which confirms that the facilities installed by TEPCO have been properly installed in accordance with the implementation plan. The Japanese side also stated that they would continue to communicate with the PIF based on scientific evidence.
- All the related Ministries and Agencies of the Government of Japan will continue to work together to explain thoroughly the situation of the FDNPS to the international community in a transparent manner.
[NOTE] ALPS treated water
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. In addition, it is planned that ALPS treated water will then be sufficiently diluted before the discharges