The IAEA Conducted Its Comprehensive Review Mission Regarding the Planned Discharge of ALPS Treated Water at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
June 2, 2023
The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Task Force visited Japan to conduct a comprehensive review mission regarding the planned discharge of ALPS treated water at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) from May 29 to June 2.
This IAEA review is based on the Terms of Reference (TOR) on a comprehensive framework for reviewing safety related aspects of handling ALPS treated water at FDNPS signed in July 2021 with the IAEA.
During the comprehensive review mission, IAEA officials and international experts discussed technical details regarding the safety of discharges of ALPS treated water into the sea based on the IAEA international safety standards. The overview of the meetings and the site visit to TEPCO’s FDNPS is as follows.
1. Meetings with the Government of Japan and TEPCOIAEA had meetings with the Government of Japan and TEPCO to discuss any final issues from the individual reviews conducted to date.
The IAEA received updates and explanations based on the latest situation from the Government of Japan and TEPCO regarding (1) the review of the safety aspects of handling of ALPS treated water, and (2) the review of regulatory aspects.
The discussion during the comprehensive mission will be reflected in the comprehensive report which is expected to be issued by the IAEA in due course.
- IAEA Task Force Head Coordinator Gustavo Caruso
- Scene of the meeting
2. Site visit to the FDNPSOn June 2, an IAEA official and international experts visited the TEPCO’s FDNPS to conduct an on-site review of the progress of the construction work regarding the facilities for the discharge of ALPS treated water and observed the preparatory work.
Also, IAEA officials travelled to the FDNPS on May 24 and 25 to observe pre-service inspections conducted by NRA.
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Nuclear Accident Response Office, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy