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 13, 2012

IAEA in the News

Good news for cancer patients Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan yesterday announced that for a $1.5 million membership fee, the country would now be able to access the expertise of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for local cancer treatment centres. Trinidad Express / News Day

Other Nuclear News

KEPCO announces Japan’s second reactor to restart on July 18 Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO), the utility company responsible for managing the nuclear power plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture, has stated that it will be restarting its second reactor since the Fukushima disaster on July 18th. Power Engineering

US nuclear plant problem worse than thought: report US nuclear regulators published an update on California’s troubled San Onofre power plant Thursday, sparking an expert warning that the problem is more serious than first thought. AFP / AP

Clinton urges ASEAN nations to help pressure Iran A former Iranian interior minister, Abdollah Nouri, has called on the leaders of the Islamic republic to hold a referendum over the fate of the country’s nuclear programme. AFP

US tightens sanctions over Iran nuclear programme The United States says it has further tightened sanctions on Iran imposed in connection with its nuclear programme. BBC

Iran’s former interior minister calls for a nuclear referendum A former Iranian interior minister, Abdollah Nouri, has called on the leaders of the Islamic republic to hold a referendum over the fate of the country’s nuclear programme. Guardian

A-bomb doctor warns of further Fukushima woes, by Megumi Iizuka A 95-year-old retired doctor is continuing to warn of possible health dangers to residents near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant after some of them developed symptoms similar to those afflicting atomic-bomb survivors he treated for decades. Kyodo

Thyroid gland exposure to radiation below threshold in Fukushima The estimated maximum exposure of the thyroid gland to radiation for children near the site of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident is below an international threshold for the administration of stable iodine needed to prevent thyroid cancer, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. Kyodo

S. Korea’s top nuclear envoy to visit Europe for N. Korea talks South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy Lim Sung-nam will visit Europe next week to meet senior officials over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and other related issues, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Friday. Yonhap

Jordan’s nuclear programme comes under fire A report by the parliamentary energy committee’s in May concluded that Jordan’s nuclear programme would be “hazardous and costly”. This led parliament to suspend the programme, pending full safety and economic impact studies by the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC). “Unless JAEC carries out all necessary studies on the plant’s impacts, the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] will never accredit it,” he added. SciDev.Net

Egypt to Move Ahead With Nuclear Power In the coming days, Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Energy Hassan Yunis will submit a detailed report to President Mohammed Morsi outlining the executive steps necessary to create Egypt’s first nuclear power plant, which is to be built in the town of Dabaa. Al-Monitor

General contract approved for Belarusian plant The Belarusian government has approved a draft contract for the country’s first nuclear power plant. Soon to be signed with Russia’s AtomStroyExport (ASE), it calls for construction of the two-unit plant to begin by the end of next year. WNN

Opinion and Analysis

Official Fukushima Report Blames Japanese Culture, Not Nuclear Power Atlantic