Some of my loyal readers will be aware that during the days of the Fukushima accident I was writing a lot explaining the chemistry which was going during the accident. It has come to my attention that the UN (IAEA) has published a report on the accident. I think that this is going to be a very important document both for the pro and antinuclear camps.
Now I need to tell you something, I am well aware of the fact that the IAEA is accused of being a pronuclear lobby group. I hold the view that it is not, while it might have started up as a pronuclear body which had the mission to spread nuclear technology around the world the current IAEA is not the same. I think that the current IAEA exists to promote the safe and responsible use of radiation and nuclear technology, provide advice and to suppress nuclear / radiation activities which are harmful to the global society. For example they would take a dim view if I was to start to mine uranium, enrich it into HEU and then sell it to every Tom, Dick and Harry. They would (and should) do their best to stop someone doing such things.
Regarding the reports I would say that while some of the antinuclear movement might dispute some of what the IAEA write, I would respectfully suggest that any antinuclear person who tells you that the IAEA is wrong, then you should ask the person claiming that the report is wrong to explain why their evidence is able to overrule the IAEA’s report. I would also suggest that anyone from the pro nuclear lobby who tells you that the IAEA are wrong should be greeted with the same polite request.
I will examine the rather large reports from the IAEA, when I have done so I might give you my thoughts on some of the best bits.
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