Statement on the release of ALPS treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia, like other countries in our region, is committed to the ongoing protection of the Blue Pacific. We welcome Japan’s transparency and international engagement including with Pacific island countries and expect this to continue.

Australia has confidence in the process that has led to the decision by Japan to release the treated water. Australia supports the critical role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Japan’s plans for managing the release. In early July, the IAEA found the release of the treated water would be consistent with internationally accepted safety standards which ensure the protection of people and the environment. Australia has full confidence in the IAEA’s independent, impartial, and science-based technical advice. The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) issued advice on 11 July 2023 supporting the IAEA’s assessment that the proposed discharge will not adversely impact people or the environment.

Australia welcomes the IAEA’s commitment to provide ongoing monitoring and periodic review during the discharge, including maintaining an on-site presence at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. This will provide reassurance to the region.

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