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IAEA reviews water release plan from Fukushima nuclear plant

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Great thing about this meeting is none of those people that deciding water release they are not necesarrily really need to eat and drink anything from Fukushima.

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A massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 destroyed the Fukushima plant’s cooling systems, triggering the meltdown of three reactors and the release of large amounts of radiation

Lets get this right! The meltdowns were caused by TEPCO’s ignorance and failure to move the back up generators off the ground and to waterproof all electrical systems, as they were advised to do in 2001. The tsunami only showed the results of poor management.

Hopefully, this team will do an extensive analysis of the water they plan to release. TEPCO stated four or five years ago that a lot of the water was not treated properly and still contains many deadly isotopes and not just tritium.

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“... will help send messages of transparency and confidence for the people in Japan and beyond.”

so..... is that anything like 'spin' ?

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stay tuned for another exciting episode of Nuclear Safety Theatre

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And I thought Putin was a joke. The IAEA and the Japanese Government are the real joke of 2022.

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Among those who really "tested" the "water"?

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Avoiding any food from this area in particular the Pacific Ocean, is advisable, according to scientists with no vested interest in the nuclear industry.

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NEVER trust TEPCO, they lied back in 2011, they are lying now, and they will lie tomorrow, this is the same company that ignored all the safety alerts and advices about the vulnerability of the Fukushima plant to TSUNAMI's never improved the walls or raised them, and we did not even know that this danger existed until TEPCO was exposed.

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IAEA: After careful deliberation we have decided not to approve it.... just kidding. Where is the rubber stamp? What a charade!

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This is just plain as day bad.

If anyone had foresight about this they would see a news story about this in the future….maybe in a couple years…something like someone miscalculated, or there was some sort of discharge negligence, or there was a faulty pipe or whatever connection which resulted excessive discharge of radioactive water and so on…the list of possible problems…smh.

Logic is clearly being thrown out the proverbial window!

And the worst part of all of this, is the people of this great country and those who’ve endured the most hardships from this catastrophe won’t really get to know the whole truth.

Why decommission it now?

What do they stand to gain?

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Yes Lindsay you are right.

The Fukushima accident was, however, preventable. Had the plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), and Japan’s regulator, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), followed international best practices and standards, it is conceivable that they would have predicted the possibility of the plant being struck by a massive tsunami. The plant would have withstood the tsunami had its design previously been upgraded in accordance with state-of-the-art safety approaches.

The methods used by TEPCO and NISA to assess the risk from tsunamis lagged behind international standards in at least three important respects:

Insufficient attention was paid to evidence of large tsunamis inundating the region surrounding the plant about once every thousand years.

 Computer modeling of the tsunami threat was inadequate. Most importantly, preliminary simulations conducted in 2008 that suggested the tsunami risk to the plant had been seriously underestimated were not followed up and were only reported to NISA on March 7, 2011.

NISA failed to review simulations conducted by TEPCO and to foster the development of appropriate computer modeling tools.

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As if Fukushima didn’t already have enough problems; now those problems are being compounded !

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I wonder how much brown envelopes are involved this time.

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Gustavo Caruso, director of the IAEA's Office of Safety and Security Coordination, said on Monday that the mission “in an objective, credible and science-based manner will help send messages of transparency and confidence for the people in Japan and beyond.”

objective, credible, science-based? Yup, all in favour of that.

But then why start by meeting bureaucrats from METI?

None of those adjectives apply to them.

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Do not buy and consume Fukushima food products.

Poor Taiwan!

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The "Ice Wall" failed. So now we quit?

Existing directional drilling, fracking, and polymerization technologies could be used to stop or greatly reduce ground water intrusion from both below and the sides? Once implemented it would require little additional input?

It is not like the Japanese people to just throw their hands in the air and just give up. This challenge will be met. I am excited to know I will be witness to it.

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They wear leaky masks and pretend that they know science. Where have we seen this before?

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million tons of treated radioactive water 

“treated” means what? Treated politically? Commercially?

Definitely not scientifically

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