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Japan gets U.N. nuclear watchdog approval for Fukushima water release

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He's not going to say anything that will contradict the IAEA's mission to promote the 'safe' use of nuclear power.

But whatever he says, it will be spun out as an IAEA approval to discharge.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

An political science graduate and an Argentinian that has no nuclear industry of merit and yet he's raised to the top of the IAEA because he's a diplomat. I hope he's got a good team of scientists working below him.

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The IAEA has not and will not endorse the water release.

If anything goes wrong the IAEA would be in huge trouble if they do.

They are just playing politics.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Not expecting some great turnaround. More wash and rinse.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Looks like they approved it.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

he's a career diplomat, not a nuclear expert.....

0 ( +6 / -6 )

The final report states blah, blah blah, pump it and dump it.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

final preparations for the release of treated radioactive wastewater

partially treated radioactive water with some very serious radionuclides that can’t be taken out.

treated?

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

The water to be released is safer than contaminated nuclear water being released into the sea by China, The UK, France, The US, South Korea - the list goes on. Fact.

In fact, it is safer than tap water.

Give the go ahead, Mr Grossi.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

IAEA should also check treated water from China and South Korea.

Yomiuri Shimbun headline.

Tritium release from multiple Chinese plants up to 6.5 times greater than Fukushima treated water

https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/20230622-OYT1T50205/

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lunatic......

The IAEA has not and will not endorse the water release.

Breaking news....

They just gave the go ahead to release the water..

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“based on scientific evidence and with high degree of transparency.”

Must be kidding !!!

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Yes, if the IAEA and the people working to solve the daunting task at Fukushima wanted real leadership and science-based problem solving skills, they should look to hire more qualified people.

Like English conversation teachers, maybe?

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Breaking news....

They just gave the go ahead to release the water..

Read the text carefully. They say:

[The IAEA] can't made decisions for the Japanese government, including stopping the wastewater release.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

The IAEA has zero authority about anything.

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lunatic......

Read the text carefully. They say:

[The IAEA] can't made decisions for the Japanese government, including stopping the wastewater release.

Here is some reading for you...

https://japantoday.com/category/national/Japan-gets-UN-nuclear-watchdog-approval-for-water-release

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Japan gets U.N. nuclear watchdog approval for Fukushima water release

Well, I dunno about you, but I’m convinced. /s

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The IAEA has zero authority about anything.

Of course not, why should they? As far as I understand, they are scientific experts who investigate the safety level of situation and provide the best possible solution. What solution the country is going to take is totally up to its own country (as long as it is following international standards and regulations).

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I think it’s more than China and some local people. I think it’s the entire country as well as humanity of the pacific.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

They were going to do this regardless of whether they got the good work stamp on their homework.

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Japan should release the tiny amount of the remaining contaminated water stored in the tanks without fanfare, unofficially and quietly to minimize confusions and fusses around the world, especially in S. Korea. Japan should have already dumped it quietly as Russia did before the 1990s.

The weird response of the Japanese government on the accident is the ultimate cause of all the fusses in S. Korea and even in Japan. Japan already released 8-16 peta becquerel of cesium-137 force majeure during the first 3 months after the accident in 2011, which is greater by a factor 15,000-30,000 than the amount contained in the 1.3 million tonnes of water to be released this summer (534 billion becquerel).

The planned release of the water treated by ALPS is just an international show by which the Japanese government wants to advertise that Japan is always a country abiding by the international law and treaty. However, owing to the inflexible responses of the Japanese government, most people both in Japan and Korea do not grasp that Japan had already released more than 99.999% of radioactive materials from the Fukushima accident in 2011, and just exaggerate and concern about the tiny 0.001% which remain in the tanks.

Please stop sounding the fanfare. Just dump it without any notice, quickly, quietly and unofficially to minimize the damages to the fisheries industry by rumors, both in Japan and Korea.

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Ahhhh finally. GOt the 3 wishes from the genie= time for Hankoe hankoe hankoe!!!

Kampai!

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Hasn't even visited the plant yet! Though his politics and history qualifications won't help much with assessing piping, filtration, radioactivity and residues.

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I was opposed to this until I read how much tritium is released into the environment by a single nuclear power plant. It dwarfs this relatively small amount.

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The U.N. Nuclear Watchdog is not a good watch dog. I would never have him guard my house.

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What ol' Jack Burton always says:

That guy looks like a doppelganger of a younger ex president bush

Judge a person not from his physical appearance but from how and what he thinks about.

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Make the report public and have Kishida and Nishimura have a televised Q&A town hall with the local residents.

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we people did not approve anything!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

this x80 more years…

indigoToday 05:26 pm JST

we people did not approve anything!

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