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Cooperation with IAEA on the handling of ALPS Treated Water at the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Visit of the IAEA's Deputy Director General to Japan)

September 9, 2021

From 6th to 10th of September, IAEA officials led by Ms. Lydie Evrard, Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited Japan.

  1. During the visit, the IAEA officials held meetings with relevant ministries, such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, as well as Nuclear Regulation Authority, to discuss cooperation regarding the handling of ALPS treated water at Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) following the signature of the Terms of Reference (TOR) on Reviews of Safety Aspects of Handling ALPS Treated Water at TEPCO’s FDNPS in July, 2021. Both sides agreed to move forward with preparations for the safety and regulatory review of the ALPS treated water, and Marine Monitoring by the end of this year.

  2. On 8th, at TEPCO's FDNPS, the IAEA officials visited the sites, such as the Multi-nuclides Removal Equipment (ALPS), tank area, and port area where the installation of related facilities is being considered. Through the site visit, the IAEA officials deepened their understanding of the current status of the decommissioning of the FDNPS and the handling of the ALPS treated water, and they exchanged opinions with TEPCO.

  3. On 9th, the IAEA officials also paid a courtesy call on Mr. Washio, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, and exchanged views on cooperation between the Government of Japan and the IAEA.

  4. The Government of Japan will continue to explain the situation of TEPCO's FDNPS and the status of the ALPS treated water, to the international community in a transparent manner based on scientific evidence. It will continue to cooperate with the IAEA towards the implementation of the reviews.
[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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