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IAEA welcomes progress Japan on plans to release Fukushima water into ocean

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) welcomes progress made by Japan towards reaching a decision on a plan to release decontaminated water from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station into the ocean, the agency’s director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said during a visit to the site of the 2011 accident in Japan.

According to a statement by the IAEA, an agency experts team advised Japan in late 2018 to take an urgent decision on the disposal of water which had been decontaminated through a process called ALPS, or advanced liquid processing system.

The IAEA said a Japanese expert committee report submitted to the government earlier this month outlined two options to dispose of the water after removing radioactive contaminants, except for tritium: vapor release and discharge into the ocean.