IAEA Daily Press Review

The objective of the DPR is to present a general overview of international, English-language, media coverage of the IAEA and nuclear issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The following articles are obtained from external news sources for whose content the IAEA takes no responsibility.

July 12, 2012

IAEA in the News

SA allocates R268m in aid to 19 countries South Africa’s African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund has provided R268 million in the last financial year in foreign aid and assistance to 19 countries, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said today. …South Africa’s assistance also included R15 million allocated to the International Atomic Energy Agency for the improvement of veterinary laboratory capacities in Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, DRC and Senegal. SA News

Other Nuclear News

U.S. Proposes Bigger Medicare Payouts to Avoid Bomb-Grade Uranium The Obama administration is formally proposing to pay hospitals and other medical facilities more if they conduct diagnostic procedures on their Medicare patients using radiological isotopes that were not produced with bomb-grade uranium. GSN

Nonproliferation Advocate Asks NRC to Open Hearing on Laser Enrichment A nonproliferation activist has requested that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission open to the public a final board hearing before approving a license for the nation’s first commercial laser enrichment facility GSN

S. Korea prosecutors charge 32 over nuclear graft South Korean prosecutors said Tuesday they had charged 32 people with corruption involving the state nuclear power agency and its contracts with suppliers. AFP

GPS Geiger counter from U.S.’s Safecast creates Fukushima radiation database In the still-lingering aftermath of last year’s Fukushima nuclear crisis, a U.S.-based volunteer group has stepped in with a novel way to help those in Japan both measure radiation levels and map their locations. Japan Daily Press

Public Trust Rests with Regulators Independent regulators should play a greater role in communicating the risks associated with energy generation and distribution because the government is not considered as an impartial source of information, according to a report from the UK parliament’s Science and Technology Committee. WNN

Bacteria a potential threat to nuclear waste repositories By interacting with the radioactive waste and the materials used to contain it, underground microorganisms may affect the safety of nuclear waste repositories, for better or for worse. Phys.org

Tanzania to Become Eighth Largest Uranium Producer The first part of the uranium production will start in the second quarter of 2014 as the producer said all production in the first phase will be for the exportation rather than for local use. East African Business Week

Opinion and Analysis

Nuclear Waste Issue Searing American Landscape Forbes

Can diplomacy succeed with Iran and Syria? WP