Thursday, May 26, 2011

The IAEA Team To Figure Out #Fukushima Disaster

A good doctor in Kumamoto, Japan who writes a blog in Japanese on Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident and the ensuing nuclear and radiation disaster that's slowly unfolding telephoned the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of METI and asked for the names of the IAEA team that has been sent to investigate the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident.

(He wrote about how much the ground upon which Fukushima I Nuke Plant sits may have shifted by the quake, which I posted here.)

NISA told Dr. Ono the list was released to the press, but not to the general public, but they sent him a fax anyway.

Here's the fax, with his permission:

18 people total:

6 people from IAEA, 2 of them from PR department;
1 from UK (leader)
1 from France (deputy leader)
1 from Argentina
1 from Turkey
1 from Russia
1 from China
1 from USA
1 from South Korea
1 from India
1 from Hungary
1 from Indonesia
1 from Spain

The list reads like the attendance list of G20. More power to emerging economies!

Does anyone know anything about these people, whether they are actually capable of assessing anything? Or is this just an international political theater?

Many Japanese, including the doctor, are really counting on the IAEA investigation to reveal what's been hidden by the Japanese government and TEPCO. But I have a sinking feeling that won't happen, looking at the list.

On May 26, the IAEA team went to a nuclear power plant to learn about what happened on the day of the earthquake. No, not Fukushima I. They went to Tokai II Nuclear Power Plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, where 1 of the 3 emergency power generators stopped temporarily and the seawater intake pump broke after the tsunami.

That should help them assess the Fukushima I's situation. No doubt.


Anonymous said...

Many Japanese have an unrealistic view of these UN-level groups. They were mediocre to begin with, but are now lapdogs of the Western powers.

FigNewton said...

I believe NHK reported they'll be going to Fukushima Dai ichi tomorrow (27th). I don't have links; saw it on NHK news last evening.

Anonymous said...

Robbie001 sez:

Actually all 18 people are from the nuclear PR dept. One of their first acts was to ask Japan to stop making radiation dispersion projections.

Chief High MUCKETY-MUCK Dr. Mike Weightman hails from the country with the radioactive pigeon droppings so we can be sure he'll look the other way as much as possible when he's not wearing his nuclear blinders.

Anonymous said...

the guy from Indonesia is working in Bapeten, a kind of NRC in US. He is in charge for the Emergency response for nuclear incidents in Indonesia. Seems competent...

Anonymous said...

Don't judge them by their nationality/origin. It's competence and mission objective that matters. However, my expectations are low.

Anonymous said...

The JNN Fukushima webcam is dead again.

Anonymous said...

The French is one of a five commissioners college at the ASN, Authorité de Sureté Nucléaire. Named by the Senate.
Engineer, started at the CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie nucléaire) (energy and defense). Took part in creating the IRSN, an expertise public establishment on nuke matters, now a technical partner to the ASN.
The ASN raised Fukushima level to 6 on the 15th of march.

Not to be mistaken : there are many Philippe Jamet in France.

That info may be for you only.

Landscaping Designs Made Easy said...

I don't understand the point. Arguing which environmental catastrophe is worse doesn't get us anywhere. BP and Fukushima are both devastating. The fish don't care whether they die from oil or radiation. The energy sector has co-opted our news media and politics and they are killing our environment with reckless projects and bad management. The next BP oil sipll, the next Fukushima are coming unless we get srious about green energy like wind and solar power.

Anonymous said...

Juan Carlos Lentijo
Currently Technical director of protection against radiation at the CNS (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, Nuclear Safety Council, Spanish Government)

Industrial engineer specialized in energy production at 1982, Madrid, Spain. First work in 1982 related with nuclear energy. On 1984 he enters the CNS, he has worked there in several positions: Project leader of nuclear plants, Resident inspector of nuclear plants, Emergency subdirector, Subdirector of protection against radiation and his current position.
He was interviewed a few times after Fukushima accident.

Radio audio, cadena ser (one of the most listened Spanish radio stations) on March 15th: After explaining the situation on that day, he states that the contention of reactor 2 has failed is worrisome although to which extent we still do not know. Release could be of only 5% of the radioactive core.

Audio from CNS on May 11th: The situation needs be taken care of but all the reactors and fuel pools affected by the accident are being, although with still rudimentary systems that should be improved in the future, well enough refrigerated. This has allowed the stop of emission of radiation. The situation is stable. Many persons are still evacuated, many of them will probably come back home but we will know more exactly in the future.
All CNS updates from Fukushima crisis:

He has shown previously nuclear conservative opinions: 2009.10.15 The nuclear power stations do not increase the risk of cancer. A study of the CSN denies the relation cause-effect enters the proximity a nuclear power station and to suffer cancer.

CNS itself is a conservative, govermenment & nuclear lobby linked organization, that has obstructed several times investigation on nuclear incidents in Spain according to Greepeace:

Anonymous said...

Dear Friends,

Are you aware of the secret deal contracted in 1959 between WHO and IAEA.

Anonymous said...

Robbie001 sez:

@Anon 2:28

The "expert" from Indonesia is defending building yet another reactor on the Pacific Ring of Fire after not one but two earthquakes that happened years apart damaged nuclear facilities in Japan. This guy sounds just like all the other apologist who depend on nuclear power for their livelihood.

"No lessons learnt from Kashiwazaki Nuclear accident: Indonesia goes to South Korea for nuclear power plants in ‘Ring of fire’

Key volcanic and seismic issues

*The Muria volcanic complex is a capable volcano.

*The proposed nuclear power plant site is definitely within screening distance values for fallout of pyroclastic material, pyroclastic flows and surges, debris flows, lahars, floods, and opening of new vents.

*Indonesian researchers have identified two major north-south faults through the Muria volcanic complex.

* While there appear to be no capable faults at or near the site of the proposed nuclear plant the nature of the foundation sediments at the site and the high level of ground water raise serious concerns in the face of wider seismogenic conditions.

* Indonesian government claims that there are no significant volcanic or seismic hazards attached to the proposed Muria nuclear power plant site are not supported by public reports by IAEA and Indonesian government consultants with access to restricted official studies.

* Almost all official Indonesian and IAEA volcanic and seismic studies have been kept from the public domain over more than three decades.

* One report which utilized these numerous studies draw attention to significant methodological and data limitations in these studies.

*Reliance on earthquake resistance standards derived from earlier Japanese modelling is inappropriate due to great differences between the site's geological conditions and those in Japan.

*Japanese authorities no longer use the earthquake safety standards that these reports are based upon. In 2007, they substantially rewrote their safety standards based on their experience of the 2007 Chuetsu earthquake which caused serious damage to a reactor in Niigata.


Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks a lot for your work. Did you get the comment on the spanish comisioner? I though I posted it yesterday but I can find it. I can post it again if you dont have it.

nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney said...

A new report reveals that US and IAEA officials knew since March that the Fukushima nuclear power plant suffered a nuclear meltdown within 3.5 hours of the Japan earthquake and hid it from the public.

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