via / December 6, 2013 /

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are praising Japan for making progress to stabilize the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami nearly three years ago.

This week, the IAEA inspectors wrapped up a 10-day inspection of the plant, where the decommissioning process started a few weeks ago.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson gets the latest from BBC Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.

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By Corbett| 8 Comments | Featured, News


  1. One thing to be very careful of is the fact that the IAEA is the Promotional or Pro side of the Atomic Energy Industry, it is their job to spin all Atomic Energy as Positive.

  2. True, the IAEA is tasked with promoting commercial reactors, but worse yet, it also regulates them! This was exactly how the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) operated during the earlier years, until it was finally determined it was a conflict of interest to have one federal agency both regulate and promote nuclear power. In the early 1970’s (as I recall) the AEC was disolved and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was formed to regulate nuclear reactors, while the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) was formed to promote and develop nuclear energy (both nuclear weapons and commercial nuclear reactors.) Later, the U.S.DOE evolved into the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE.) Surely it must be time to separate the International Atomic Energy Agency in a similar manner.

  3. Sure Groingo we wouldn’t want one side pushing their agenda over the other now would we.
    Even after this event nuclear power still kills far less than conventional power. Look it up.

    • Wrong.

      * One MILLION deaths attributed to Chernobyl nuclear meltdown.

      * One MILLION deaths predicted for Fukushima.

      * One MILLION statistically significant increase in deaths attributed to Three Mile Island

      * Countless numbers of breast cancers due to tritium releases from nuclear energy; countless numbers of cancers to nuclear workers; countless numbers of heart disease, birth defects, miscarriages, diabetes due to exposure to nuclear radiation; countless numbers of lung and physical cancers to uranium miners, etc., etc., etc.

  4. Whoops, that next to last sentence should read “Later, ERDA evolved into the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE.”)

  5. This is after the gag order came into effect . I don’t doubt there working hard but it’s hard to Beleive that it’s going well ….

  6. Compare photos of unit 4 in 2011 with what we see today, and its hard to deny that someone’s been working hard there.

    Most of the blog comments are spinning every little event into a conspiracy and a megadisaster.

  7. We are beyond judging! this has to be figured out now! How can a controlled release of toxic substances in to the ocean be accepted! This is the last way I thought a global catastrophe would be handled! Ignoring it won’t make it go away! WOW Hello Government’s of the world BE A HERO!

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