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Responses to Opinions Received from the Public at Explanatory and hearing meeting Held by the Subcommittee on Handling of the ALPS-Treated Water (ALPS Subcommittee) Publicized

April 3, 2020

The ALPS Subcommittee has been holding discussions on handling of multi-nuclide removal equipment (ALPS) treated water at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, purified through ALPS and other equipment and as part of its efforts, the subcommittee held a series of explanatory and hearing meetings in August 2019 concerning ALPS treated water and received opinions from the public. The subcommittee’s responses to these opinions was hereby publicized.

Concerning handling of multi-nuclide removal equipment (ALPS) treated water at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, purified through ALPS and other equipment, the ALPS Subcommittee has been holding a series of comprehensive discussions on such water from November 2016, including impacts on society (e.g., reputational damage). As part of its efforts, the subcommittee held a series of explanatory and hearing meetings in August 2019 and received opinions directly from participants in these meeting and, it also called for public comments in written documents. As a result, it received opinions from 179 people in total. Following this, it further advanced discussions based on these opinions and submitted a report as well as a compilation of its responses to the opinions to the subcommittee in February 2020. The subcommittee's responses to these opinions was hereby publicized.

In replying to the opinions, the subcommittee categorized the opinions by general meaning and offered responses to the respective categories.

Please note that these responses were those prepared by the subcommittee as an expert committee and not by the government. The government will decide on its basic policies for approaches to handling ALPS treated water after taking into consideration opinions from a wide variety of parties concerned  including representatives of local municipalities and associations in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fishery, as is proposed in the report above.

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