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Fukushima decommissioning has made progress: IAEA

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The IAEA team says the situation remains complex and that a sustainable solution is still necessary. This is diplomatic speak that says to TEPCO that there is still a lot to do. The Fukushima tragedy could have been an opportunity to put into place an actually independent nuclear regulatory agency that is not subject to the influence of the nuclear power zoku 族. But such is not the case. As such the road to a "sustainable solution" remains elusive, and it will need the IAEA to come again and again to prod TEPCO and the Japanese government to continue to do the right things.

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Progress, they said progress, people, not mission accomplished. There's still work to do. Don't get too excited.

I better not start seeing renewed quests for the Olympics to come to Fukushima or Abe or news outlets claiming success in Fukushima either.

I mean, does anyone else remember Fukushima's Ocean Day celebrations in July, with kids and families encouraged to swim in the "clean" ocean soon after the disaster? No one ever took IAEA seriously before, why care now?

Oh, and IAEA should thank the Tokyo homeless and the Yakuza responsible for the cleanup!

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Do you water that only has tritium in it, like all the water already in the ocean? Is that the 'dirty water'?

You are imagining that everything but tritium has been removed, because you are imagining that the ALPS system, which is supposed to do that, is working properly and at full capacity. It isn't. It hasn't. It might some day, I don't know, but your glowingly positive attitude is not backed up by anything.

There has been some progress with cleaning up the site. That much is true, but the hard stuff is still ahead, and for the most badly damaged building, the tech to clean it up hasn't been invented yet.

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Did the ice wall work or another fail ?

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The IAEA IS BIASED TOWARDS USING NUCLEAR POWER. 300 years is a long 1/2 life and dumping thousands of tons of dirty water like all the dirty ground water not being stored leaking into the sea is a tragedy in itself. Right CIA??

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I love the "this is being done (dumping in the ocean) world-wide and the harm to the environment is negligible" part. Classic!

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I'll take the ALPS solution with its potential problems over the ice wall any day. The ALPS solution has at least been done a few times before in the history of humankind :-(

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The ALPS solution has at least been done a few times before in the history of humankind :-(

Ice walls have also been done a few times before in the history of humankind :-)

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I love the "this is being done (dumping in the ocean) world-wide and the harm to the environment is negligible" part. Classic!

Yes the truth is classic.

Did the ice wall work or another fail ?

It hasn't been built yet, so it neither worked or failed.

thousands of tons of dirty water

Do you water that only has tritium in it, like all the water already in the ocean? Is that the 'dirty water'?

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You are imagining that everything but tritium has been removed

I am not imagining anything. I am stating facts. No glowing postive attitude, just willing to give credit for what has been accomplished.

Yes, the ALPS has had problems and has yet to run at full rated capacity. But it has and continues to process water resulting in much of the stored water having all radioactive contaminants other than tritium removed.

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The situation on the site has improved

progressive clean-up has led to reduced radiation levels in many parts of the site

improved measures to clean contaminated water

This is the language of an earnest but intellectually challenged student's report card.

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These are good news. The annoying part is all fishermen, local farmers, local government and most of the people on this comment list who stubbornly and ignorantly opposes and solutions offered by Tepco and the government.

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