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TOKYO: Ms. Lydie Evrard, the Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is on a five-day visit to Japan to check in on the Daiichi Nuclear Plant in Fukushima that blew up 10 years ago.
The IAEA officials are holding meetings with relevant ministries, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, as well as the Nuclear Regulation Authority, to discuss cooperation regarding the handling of ALPS-treated water at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima plant.
ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) treats water so that the radioactive materials other than tritium meets the regulatory standards for safety. The Japanese government says it needs to deposit treated water in the Pacific Ocean as there is limited storage space at the Fukushima plant, which was largely destroyed by the tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011.
Both sides have 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.
On Wednesday, the IAEA officials visited sites where the installation of ALPS-related facilities is being considered. The visit of Evrard and other IAEA officials was intended to give them insight into the current status of the decommissioning of the Fukushima nuclear plant and the handling of the ALPS-treated water.
On Thursday, the IAEA officials paid a courtesy call to Eiichiro Washio, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, and they exchanged views on cooperation between the government of Japan and the IAEA. Japan’s government says it will continue to cooperate with the IAEA and explain the situation of the damaged nuclear plant and the status of the ALPS-treated water to the international community in a transparent manner based on scientific evidence.
Washio welcomed the IAEA official’s visit to Japan and expressed his gratitude to all the support that the IAEA has given to Japan on the handling of the ALPS-treated water at the TEPCO plant. He also stressed the important role of the IAEA in promoting nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.