22 August 2023
by Alex Brinded

Fukushima water to be discharged

The Government of Japan has asked Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings to prepare for discharge into the sea of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Installation of the discharge outlet caisson upper lid

© Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.

The implementation plan has been approved by Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority, and if there is no weather delay the discharge will start on 24 August.

Detailed review of the safety aspects of handling and discharging Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) treated water has been conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Its report concluded that the approach and activities for the discharge are consistent with relevant international safety standards and would have a negligible radiological impact on people and environment.

IAEA Director General, Rafael Mariano Grossi, has committed to the agency continuing an objective safety review during the discharge phase.

The IAEA and Japan agree that the IAEA will stay onsite at Fukushima Daiichi.


Alex Brinded

Staff Writer