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Most important lessons from Fukushima not learnt: nuclear risk experts

VIENNA, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Members of the International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group (INRAG) said Monday the most important lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster have not been learned.

The INRAG international experts, including professors, former members of nuclear authorities, and independent scientists, made the claim following a meeting at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna where it is currently based, to coincide with the third anniversary of the disaster in Japan.

The group came to the conclusion that the "destroyed nuclear reactors in Fukushima are still not under control," BOKU said in a press release. In addition, the population and decision-makers were still not adequately informed of existing risks.

INRAG also said a main reason the disaster occurred is because no independent nuclear authority existed, something the "self-contained society of nuclear operators, government agencies, and regulators" prevented.

A similar serious accident could occur not only elsewhere in Japan but in nuclear facilities all around the world, the group warned, and emphasized the urgent need for reliable and independent information of existing and future risks.

The INRAG group is to be expanded into a worldwide network of experts, it said, and aims among other things to improve public access to reliable information particularly via the Internet.

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