August 2, 2022
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.
Considering the basic policy of the Japanese government announced in April 2021, TEPCO had reviewed the details of the design and operation of the ALPS treated water dilution/discharge plant and related facilities regarding the handling of the ALPS treated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, listening to opinions from local people and stakeholders. In December 2021, TEPCO submitted a “Prior Consent Request”*1 to Fukushima Prefecture, Okuma City and Futaba City regarding the installation of ALPS treated water dilution/discharge facilities, etc. based on the agreement to ensure safety in the surrounding areas related to the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant*2 (hereinafter the Convention for the Safety of Dismantling). Today, the municipalities have given us their prior agreement.
Regarding the design and operation of the ALPS treated water dilution/discharge facilities, etc., TEPCO had explained to the municipalities the details of the application documents submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (hereinafter NRA) and the status of NRA review in the “Fukushima Prefecture Safety Supervisory Board Regarding Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning” and the “Safety Assurance Technical Review Committee”. Safety of the Fukushima Prefectural Nuclear Power Plant” after submitting the “Prior Authorization Request” to them. In response, experts and people from the prefecture and the municipalities concerned confirmed the status of the necessary security measures.
When installing the ALPS treated water dilution/discharge facilities, etc., TEPCO will regularly implement initiatives based on the basic policy of the Japanese government and sincerely respond to each of the eight requirements for further improvements in the safety and easy to understand information. dissemination set forth in “Report on Confirmation Results of New Installation of ALPS Treated Water Dilution/Discharge Plant and Related Facilities at TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant” issued by the Technical Review Committee safety assurance of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture.
Continuing to make steady and safe progress with the decommissioning/contaminated water and treated water measures at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant requires long-term risk reduction efforts. We will work steadfastly to further reduce the amount of contaminated water generated and to properly manage the radioactive waste generated by the treatment of contaminated water, which the prefectural governor and the mayors of the cities entrusted to us today.
In addition, we will continue to do our utmost to increase the understanding of Fukushima residents and society at large regarding the handling of ALPS treated water as part of decommissioning work, focusing on our efforts to disseminate information based on scientific evidence to parties within and outside Japan in an easy-to-understand manner and taking every opportunity to listen to public concerns and opinions and explain our approach and response.
Although we put safety as the first priority in the construction of ALPS treated water dilution/discharge facilities, etc., we will also work to build the confidence of people inside and outside Japan. , responding truthfully to municipal safety confirmation and reviews by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and disclosing construction status, as appropriate, to ensure objectivity and transparency.
*1 Prior consent shall be obtained from Fukushima Prefecture, Okuma City and Futaba City based on the agreement to ensure safety during decommissioning during construction or expansion of facilities in accordance to the modification of the implementation plan of the specified nuclear installation of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
*2 Agreement signed between the four parties of Fukushima Prefecture, Okuma City, Futaba City and TEPCO in January 2015 to ensure the safety of residents in the surrounding area and restore the living environment in reducing the dose at the site boundaries by working tirelessly to contain the accident and dismantle the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.