Basic Policy on handling of ALPS treated water at the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings’ Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

On 13 April 2021, the Government of Japan (GOJ) announced its basic policy, based on which preparation for discharging the ALPS treated water of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Holding's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) into the sea will be started. Fully taking into account the impact on the environment as well as the health and safety of people, the GOJ will take measures based on the international standards and international practice. The GOJ has been explaining the status of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) and the consideration on handling of the ALPS treated water to the international community in a transparent manner based on scientific evidence. The GOJ will continue such efforts. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) acknowledges the discharge into the sea as technically feasible and in line with international practice. TEPCO, the company responsible for conducting the discharge, will submit plans for the discharge. The discharge into the sea is subject to receiving necessary approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA). The actual discharge is envisaged to be launched approximately after two years. Considering relevant international law and international practice, measures shall be taken to assess the potential impact on the marine environment in the actual discharge, and to ascertain the environmental situation through strengthening and enhancing monitoring before and after the discharge. The GOJ will disclose the information regarding the impact on the environment to the public in a timely manner.

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