IAEA Report: Japan Failed to Prepare for Nuclear Crisis

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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The International Atomic Energy Agency is set to release a report Monday criticizing Japan's handling of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

The review – based on a fact-finding mission to Fukushima – says Japanese officials failed to anticipate threats to nuclear facilities from earthquakes and tsunamis. It also says that nearby residents were not evacuated according to IAEA standards following the crisis sparked by the quake and tsunami in March.

The report will be delivered at the beginning of a week-long meeting of IAEA leaders in Vienna meant to address rising safety concerns about nuclear power around the world. The agency may recommend regular safety inspections of all nuclear power plants by U.N. inspectors as part of its nuclear safety action plan.