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I don't know why it wasn't covered on JT (or it was and I missed it), but TEPCO clearly stated on Friday that it may have to dump a LOT of radioactive water into the Pacific because they can no longer trust their own tanks. It is utterly disgusting. I hope the IAEA do a good and serious job and point out TEPCO for the lackeys they are.

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IAEA: Please find that Tepco don't know what the hell they are doing.

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The IAEA is there to promote nuclear power, so you can expect to hear wonderful and encouraging news about how well everything is going. After all, without nuclear energy, we wouldn't have had Godzilla (gojira)...

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The nuke clowns show must go on!

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While the IAEA is to push the use of nuclear energy, in the past it did fault TEPCO and the Fukushima plant and recommended safety updates, which TEPCO didn't do.

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I am starting to feel like there is no point.. They do whatever they want more or less and everyone in power lets them..

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What exactly is the IAEA. An organization, upheld by the west, in its entirety, with actions that in hindsight, seems to exemplify its principle protecting the masses.. from the adverse affects of Nuclear technology. Yet, it did nothing when Abdul Qadeer Kahn exported nuclear technology to Libya and Iran.. When he was stationed in the Netherlands, siphoning centrifuge technology.. It clearly did nothing when the US handed the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Turkey, all in all 480 mini-nuclear weapons, (B61), having 13 the yield of Hiroshima. The listed nations are members of the Non-proliferation treaty.. Germany exports Nuclear weapons to the French Navy.. None of these nations are listed as, Nuclear-armed states. What of India and Pakistan.. rouge Nuclear states, but important trading partners to the world..

This trip is a farcade.. with the 2005 public utilities amendment act, the US has extended, nuclear reactor expiration dates by 25 years.. meaning all of the current nuclear power plants will retire, with 70 years + of service.. and congress wants to extend that by another 25 years... The world is going nuclear.. the US will be building new plants, the Euroasian continent, .. yes Germany will abolish nuclear power.. but no doubt Germany`s industrial heartland, the Ruhr, will siphon off French nuclear generated power.. Japan does not have such a luxury.

Japan is at a cross-roads, either to protect the natural environment, or create industrial energy producing regions, synthetic oil produced from coal (Germany WW2), thermal energy, tidal energy.. we have the technology.. but the public.. are apathetic in every measurable sense of the word..

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IAEA is just promoting nuclear power......which is good for japan. http://dynamicmounting.com/

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If the IAEA can't be trusted to make independent observations and recommendations then which organisation can?

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....but will look into TEPCO’s measures to solve leakages and blackouts that caused cooling system failures, government officials said....

glad they are looking into it.. it is very worrying that temporary sheeting covering "a hole in the ground" got punctured.. maybe the iaea has access to industrial strength bicycle repair kit? i can only hope so!!

....The IAEA team is scheduled to submit a report to the government and TEPCO on April 22, officials said.....

IAEA's Nuclear Energy Management School Opens in U.S.A.

Submitted by NUCBIZ on March 27, 2013 "....In his opening statement on 18 March, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, Alexander Bychkov, told participants: "Nuclear is a very high-tech field and is not without potential danger. I strongly believe that the nuclear manager of the 21st century must be three things: First, a good specialist in one of the nuclear areas such as fuel cycle, reactor technology, reactor physics; second, he or she must have broad knowledge of all nuclear branches; and third, a basic understanding of economics, social science and psychology is required." :)

"You all are specialists in one of these nuclear areas. So the task of this school is to give you broad knowledge and basic understanding of all these nuclear fields," Mr. Bchykov added...."

http://www.nucpros.com/content/iaeas-nuclear-energy-management-school-opens-usa

i bet the report is already done.. imo

"..economics, social science and psychology..." essential modules for marketing perhaps? 30 percent of course? hmmm!

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Doesn't really matter what the IAEA says. It will only be interpreted as 'guidelines' and TEPCO will be left to fumble through the cleanup with a long list of pathetic excuses just as they have been doing for two years. I would like to think I am wrong, but IAEA has done previous inspections and made recommendations that were ignored. Why should this time be any different?.

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Hay wake up ! their are already dumping the waste by proxey, Via the leaks in the cooling systems storage.Indirectly into the Ocean. Via the ground water.

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@Ron: and by burning it and around the country.

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Sofa_king: unfortunately nobody!

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@Verisimilitude,

What exactly is the IAEA. An organization, upheld by the west, in its entirety, with actions that in hindsight, seems to exemplify its principle protecting the masses.. from the adverse affects of Nuclear technology. Yet, it did nothing when Abdul Qadeer Kahn exported nuclear technology to Libya and Iran.. When he was stationed in the Netherlands, siphoning centrifuge technology.. It clearly did nothing when the US handed the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Turkey, all in all 480 mini-nuclear weapons, (B61), having 13 the yield of Hiroshima. The listed nations are members of the Non-proliferation treaty.. Germany exports Nuclear weapons to the French Navy.. None of these nations are listed as, Nuclear-armed states. What of India and Pakistan.. rouge Nuclear states, but important trading partners to the world..

Your first sentence was obviously not a rhetorical one, because it's obvious you don't have a clue about what the IAEA does. They have NOTHING, NADA, ZIPPY, to do with nuclear weapons. They deal with nuclear power generation and other scientific applications involving nuclear radiation. Ranting about the IAEA doing nothing about nuclear proliferation is like ranting about the ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organization) doing nothing about automobile safety.

http://www.iaea.org/

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Fadamor: The IAEA is not just dealing with nuclear power generation and blabla, they are promoting it in a totally non-transparent manner, while censuring the WHO. Here is the root problem!

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Actually, at this point in time I trust more the scapegoat TEPCO than the IAEA! Because all what has happened has been covered up by the nuke village, i.e. the IAEA.

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Fadamor: The IAEA is not just dealing with nuclear power generation and blabla, they are promoting it in a totally non-transparent manner, while censuring the WHO. Here is the root problem!

"Promoting it in a non-transparent manner" means what, exactly? As far as I can tell, they've been really up-front about promoting nuclear energy. How is the following web page of publications "non-transparent"?

http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/Bulletin/Bull541/index.html

And I'm sure the WHO is losing sleep over the IAEA censuring them (I'm assuming in regards to a report or reports the WHO published). Censuring is NOT censoring. All censuring means is that they strongly disagreed with the WHO report(s). Big whoop-di-do.

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Starting to get the feeling that the IAEA might actually be restarting their investigations constantly on purpose. Every time the research team gets pressured into telling the truth, they restart the probe with a new team. This shouldn't be news anymore. It's the status quo.

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So people are saying that there are no credible nuclear experts whatsoever anywhere in the world who can advise on this? That can't be right..

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I love this... every time some organisation checks on Fukushima and TEPCO some people automatically dismiss them as lackeys or in someone's back pocket.

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gogogoAPR. 15, 2013 - 03:10PM JST IAEA: Please find that Tepco don't know what the hell they are doing.

Actually they already found them, to know what they were doing last time they checked.

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IAEA begins fresh probe into Fukushima nuclear accident.

Good! Perhaps they can look in to why one of the reactors that was under maintenance and had all the fuel rods removed, managed to explode in a mini nuke explosion.

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@vicMOsaka

Good! Perhaps they can look in to why one of the reactors that was under maintenance and had all the fuel rods removed, managed to explode in a mini nuke explosion.

The No4 reactor was the one under maintenance. There was no explosion in the reactor and there was never any kind of mini nuke explosion anywhere on the site. The explosion in the No4 reactor came from hydrogen released from the No3 reactor. In the No3 reactor were was a hydrogen explosion and steam explosion from the reactor. In the No1 reactor there was a hydrogen explosion .

After 2 years, and numerous extensive reports, we still get these type of comments?

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When I woke up this morning I was a little sleepy and when I read the title of this article it looked like "IKEA"instead of "IAEA". I was shocked! Now I have read the article correctly I hope that justice is served!

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Zichi After 2 years, and numerous extensive reports, we still get these type of comments? .............................................................

Yes, It all depends on who's version of events you believe. There is an Israeli involvement which is is backed up by news items from the Jerusalem Post. Things are not what they seem. Check out Magna BSP and the owl cameras that were placed in reactors 3 and four.

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@Zichi. Come on. No3 was not just a hydrogen explosion. There was a thermal explosion of some kind, the red / orange flash proves it. Much more force upwards, much darker, thicker smoke.

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@ Zichi after two years of being lied to, you still eat their 'truth'? Wow. You of all people surprise, no, disappoint, me.

Remember this:

Two days before, on March 12, a hydrogen explosion had occurred in the plant’s No. 1 reactor building.

“In short, the only change we have made was replacing ‘No. 1 reactor’ with the ‘No. 3 reactor’?” Takahashi said in the footage. “We do not know whether it was a hydrogen explosion, but since the government--the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency--is saying it is a hydrogen explosion, we can just say so--a hydrogen explosion, can’t we?”

Takahashi urged that TEPCO parrot the government announcement, without trying to confirm the cause.

“On television a short while ago, NISA was saying it was a hydrogen explosion," he said. "I guess we’d better keep pace.”

The footage also showed someone saying, “the prime minister’s office has also been using the term hydrogen explosion. Perhaps we should do the same,” but the person was not identifiable.

Shimizu approved Takahashi’s recommendation, saying, “All right. I agree. This is fine.”

Then followed two seconds of bleeped-out footage. Shimizu then said, “Speediness is the key.”

At a later news conference, a public relations official of the utility announced, “It was a hydrogen explosion.”

The cause of the explosion in the No. 3 reactor building has yet to be determined.

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@VicMOsaka

Yes, It all depends on who's version of events you believe. There is an Israeli involvement which is is backed up by news items from the Jerusalem Post. Things are not what they seem. Check out Magna BSP and the owl cameras that were placed in reactors 3 and four.

Basically, your comment is beyond the verge of the conspiracy theories, the kind of story put about by the likes of Alex Jones and Prison Planet. I have read most of those dumb ideas and personally dismiss them all.

There have been several extensive investigations including two independent ones by Dr Kenichi Ohmae and another by a special Diet commission which interviewed over 1,000 people and examined all the documentation.

There was nothing to even suggest anything like what was put out by the conspiracy theorists? I would also dismiss any kind of Israeli involvement in causing the nuclear disaster.

But I know I'm probably wasting my time even trying to discuss it with you.

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@YongYang

@Zichi. Come on. No3 was not just a hydrogen explosion. There was a thermal explosion of some kind, the red / orange flash proves it. Much more force upwards, much darker, thicker smoke.

I agree there wasn't just a hydrogen explosion in the No3 reactor building. There was also a steam explosion from inside the reactor which produced the greater more mushroom shape.

I have many experiences of seeing steam explosions which are very powerful. I worked in a metal refinery and if the furnace was tapped too quickly, the final slag run off which goes into very large pools of water would cause an enormous steam explosion emptying the pool of thousands of tons of very hot boiling water. I was required to run for cover several times. What I saw on the video of the explosion in the No3 reactor looks just like those steam explosions. The first explosion with the light was the hydrogen explosion. The second one was a steam explosion but its unclear if there was one or two?

Since it came from inside the reactor, it must have badly damaged it but since the radiation remains very high the workers can't get inside the reactor building.

When you say there was some kind of thermal explosion I can only guess you might mean a nuclear explosion, since in that case even the smallest of nuclear devices would have totally wiped out the entire plant and much more, instead of just destroying reactor buildings No3&4.

I don't believe Japan has a single nuclear device let alone keeping them at a nuclear power plant. The country certainly has the way and means to build nuclear weapons but its not something which could easily be kept secret for any length of time.

Both the previous plant manager Yoshida and the plant manager for reactors 5&6 have been very open with their testimonies. They would have known if there were any nuclear devices at the plant.

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@YongYang

@ Zichi after two years of being lied to, you still eat their 'truth'? Wow. You of all people surprise, no, disappoint, me.

A few days ago, you were praising my comments on the nuclear disaster?

I have read very single major investigation and reports including the one by Dr Kenichi Ohmae. "You still eat their truth" not sure if you mean TEPCO or the IAEA, or both. TEPCO have at times not been totally open or honest with the facts but I don't believe that everything they have revealed are lies, as would be the contents of those very extensive investigations.

Since the moment of this nuclear disaster I have tried to find all the available facts and sometimes needed to read between the lines but I have always been on the ground of common sense and reason and have avoided all the conspiracy theories. I'm surprised some people are still pushing them.

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@YongYang

the reactor buildings contained bottles of oxygen but what size and what they were used for, I don't know? An operator at time of the earthquake reported hearing an explosion in the No2 reactor building and thought it might have been the oxygen bottles.

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TEPCO have accepted 100% of the responsibility for causing the nuclear disaster. It won't get any better than that, unless former company directors are prosecuted for their roles in it?

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Zichi, I was commending your support of those in Tohoku and Kanto, which I still do, this denial of what No3 was though, it wasn't a hydrogen / steam explosion with some oxygen bottles... read the transcript of TEPCO again. No conspiracy theory here and you know it, at no point have said it was nuclear, neither am I saying it wasn't, but that was a thermal explosion.

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@YongYang

Zichi, I was commending your support of those in Tohoku and Kanto, which I still do, this denial of what No3 was though, it wasn't a hydrogen / steam explosion with some oxygen bottles... read the transcript of TEPCO again. No conspiracy theory here and you know it, at no point have said it was nuclear, neither am I saying it wasn't, but that was a thermal explosion.

What caused the explosions in reactor buildings No1/No2/No4?

You believe the explosion in No3 reactor building wasn't a hydrogen or steam explosion but some kind of thermal explosion? There were two explosions. One which happened and exploded in all directions like a gas explosion would. On the video of the explosions were was also a small flash to one side of the reactor building. The second larger explosion went straight up just like a steam explosion does.

What caused the first smaller explosion and if the larger second one was thermal then what would be inside a nuclear reactor building which could cause a thermal explosion? Why would red and oranges flashes prove it was a thermal explosion? A large oxygen bottle exploding would also produce flashes?

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@YongYang

I think this link explains the explosions in the No3 reactor building. http://iangoddard.com/fukushima01.html

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@YongYang

If you don't accept that the No3 reactor explosions were hydrogen and steam, how would you explain that following the explosions, for several weeks, large amounts of steam continued to come from the reactor, and a smaller amount from the cooling pool? Many photos and videos have shown. http://factsanddetails.com/media/2/20110413-TEPCO%20no.%203%20110411_1f_4.jpg http://iangoddard.com/fukushimaFigure0102.jpg

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The link proposes a theory.

Unit 3 could have experienced prompt criticality. A possibility.

That would be a very large oxygen tank. Why was steam still coming out? Because tonnes of water was being pumped in.

I take you back to the original report:

The cause of the explosion in the No. 3 reactor building has yet to be determined.

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@YongYang

Its more than a theory and fits into the known facts.

Unit 3 could have experienced prompt criticality. A possibility.

If that happened I think it would have been in the spent fuel pool which if it was empty of water could have happened with the entire contents of the pool going skywards, and some people believe that happened and also would explain the flashes. But videos have shown fuel racks still inside the pool like this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9jJz7C2_Ks So I find it difficult it happened in the pool?

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