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U.N. nuclear watchdog kicks off review of Fukushima progress

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The mission, the second of its kind, which will take place until Dec 4, is expected to include a visit to the battered plant as well as interviews with people in the Japanese government, Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and other experts.

Just a visit? Only expected!?!?

An detailed site inspection should be on the schedule. How on earth can they judge the efforts without seeing the plants for themselves?

Typical IAEA - nothing should interfere with their mission of promoting the safe use of nuclear power worldwide.

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IAEA are useless

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Just a visit? Only expected!?!?

An detailed site inspection should be on the schedule. How on earth can they judge the efforts without seeing the plants for themselves?

Typical IAEA - nothing should interfere with their mission of promoting the safe use of nuclear power worldwide

The alternative theory is that the journalist hasn't seen an itinreary, hasn't been told what they will be doing and can't confirm it. So they've said it's expected. Nothing wrong with that and certainly not something to criticise them for.

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Comprised of 19 international and IAEA experts, the IAEA team will conduct its visit from 25 November to 4 December 2013. The team will hold meetings with Japanese officials and TEPCO experts in Tokyo and visit the Fukushima Daiichi site. The team will be led by Juan Carlos Lentijo, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, whose deputy leader will be Pil-Soo Hahn, Director of the IAEA Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety.

http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/mediaadvisory/2013/ma201332.html

An update to the original IAEA report on the nuclear disaster won't be available until the end of 2014?

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority updates the IAEA on the state of the Fukushima nuclear disaster about 4-5 times/month.

The purpose of the IAEA is to promote the use of nuclear energy.

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"The purpose of the IAEA is to promote the use of nuclear energy."

For as long as their are records thinking has been shaped by those who say;

"Trust us we know best"

The last obvious case of this has been the publics fight with big tobacco and fifty years it has taken to get acceptance of the truth. Which was once branded a conspiracy against personal freedom, the irony of addiction lost to the nicotine user even today.

The parallels are obvious as even the same lobbyist are used to promote the whole nuclear industry and its line of 'little risk'. If this was true, why do all the corporate insurers advised by their actuary not offer premiums on nuclear power plants and incident cover? It ends up being a capital cost carried by the community.

Just how conditioned we choose to be is up to us. It just takes due diligence, political awareness of biases in play and hard critical thought.

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How do you become a nuclear expert?... By being part of the industry.

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The second removal of fuel assemblies from the Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is scheduled today.

Six groups of workers (6 workers each in a group) in two-hour rotations will remove 22 irradiated SPENT FUEL assemblies, according to Mainichi, unlike the first time when unused, new fuel assemblies were removed.

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