South Korea will send a delegation of 21 experts to inspect the plan to dump water from the accident Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plantas announced this Friday by the Government.
The delegation will be led by the president of the Korea Nuclear Safety CommissionYoo Guk-hee, and will arrive in Japan on May 21, as detailed at a press conference by the vice director of the Office for Political Coordination of the South Korean Executive, Park Kuyeon.
Yoo will be accompanied by 19 experts in radiation and nuclear fission and another expert in radiation in the marine environment, according to Park.
The team will remain in Japan for six days to review the operation of the system to filter radioactive isotopes from the plant’s contaminated water, the plan to dump the water into the Pacific, and the ability of the Japanese authorities to analyze concentrations of radioactive materials.
The delegation will first meet with representatives of the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), and then will review the operation of Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) installed at the plant for almost a decade.
In addition to the government experts, a separate group of about a dozen civilian experts will also be formed to support the team’s activities.
Since the plan announced by Tokyo to dump part of the water that accumulates in the plant into the sea has long concerned seoul Due to its possible effects on the seabed and marine populations, the visit of this delegation was agreed upon during the summit held in early May in Seoul by the South Korean president, Yoon Suk-yeoland the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida.
Since then, diplomats from both countries have negotiated the format and conditions of the visit.
The plant, which suffered the partial meltdown of several reactors due to the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011, accumulates 1.3 million tons of water -the one that is used to continue cooling the reactors and the one that sneaks into them through the subsoil- treated by ALPS in a thousand tanks.
In 2021 Tokyo announced that it was inevitable to dump part of that water into the sea, a process that will start between spring and summer and will last several decades.
Since then the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducts on-site inspections to assess the entire process and plans to publish a final report at the end of June.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)
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