KUALA LUMPUR: – Referring to the release of treated water by the Government of Japan into the Pacific Ocean, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made a conclusion that the approach and activities for releasing treated water Advanced Liquid Processing Systems (ALPS) were consistent with the relevant international safety standards.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) in its statement said, through the Department of Atomic Energy (Atom Malaysia) as the regulatory body for atomic energy in Malaysia has always recognized IAEA as the main reference in carrying out regulatory activities.
“The IAEA in its findings reported that the release of treated water into the sea is controlled, carried out in stages, and has negligible radiological effects on humans and the environment.
“MOSTI through Atom Malaysia in collaboration with the European Union has installed a Gamma Spectrum Water Monitoring Station (GSWMS) to monitor any increase in radioactivity levels in real-time in national waters as an early warning detection,” the statement said.
According to MOSTI, data from this station is monitored 24/7 at the National Centre for Nuclear Response Management (NCNRM) at Atom Malaysia Headquarters, Dengkil, Selangor.
“Based on the current monitoring by Atom Malaysia, there is no increase in the level of radioactivity in national waters at this point in time from the said activity.
“MOSTI takes the people’s concerns seriously and will closely monitor the level of radioactivity in the national waters through Atom Malaysia,” the Ministry’s statement added. – Malaysia World News