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.

August 24, 2012

IAEA in the News

IAEA head visits Finnish nuclear cave Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will on Thursday visit the world’s first permanent storage facility for nuclear waste on Finland’s west coast. Yle

Signs Suggest Iran Is Speeding Up Work on Nuclear Program International nuclear inspectors will soon report that Iran has installed hundreds of new centrifuges in recent months and may also be speeding up production of nuclear fuel while negotiations with the United States and its allies have ground to a near halt, according to diplomats and experts briefed on the findings. NYT / Reuters

Senior MP Asks IAEA to Revise Team of Iran Inspectors A senior Iranian legislator criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency for its false reports on Iran’s nuclear activities and facilities, and called on the IAEA to revise its sources of information, including the team of inspectors it sends to Iran. FNA

Other Nuclear News

U.S. Urges North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Return to Six-Party Talks The United States is urging North Korea to return to the six-party talks amid concerns that North Korea has finished constructing the dome of its Yongbyon nuclear facility. Arirang

DPRK nuclear concerns unchanged, U.S. says Recent developments with the nuclear program in North Korea haven’t changed the level of concern for the United States, a U.S. State Department official said. UPI

Nuclear panel holds 1st meeting The government has held the first meeting of an expert panel to examine public opinion on the national percentage of nuclear power generation in 2030, during which some panel members noted the lack of time for discussions before policy making. Yomiuri Shimbun

8 workers wore no dosimeter at Fukushima nuke plant Eight employees at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have worked without wearing personal dosimeters since June 2011, while 20 have lost their dose measurement devices, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Aug. 23. Asahi Shimbun

CAG pulls up AERB for not preparing nuclear safety policy The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on Wednesday pulled up the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for not preparing a nuclear and radiation safety policy for the country despite receiving a specific mandate to do so in the order constituting the Board as far back as 1983. The Hindu / UPI

Maximum fine for nuclear mishap now is just 500 In case of a nuclear mishap in India at present,the maximum fine that can be imposed by the regulator on an offending nuclear plant is Rs 500. Power Engineering

Mobile radiation detection system in police vehicles The government has decided to install mobile radiation detection systems in some police vehicles in major cities to check unauthorized usage of radioactive materials, parliament was informed Thursday. IANS

Nigeria: Nuclear Agency Partners NEMA On Radiological Emergency The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) says it is collaborating with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the integration of its National Radiological Emergency Response Plan (NRERP) into the nation’s emergency management plan. Daily Trust

Kazakhstan prepares for the international anti-nuclear forum On August 27-29 Kazakhstan will host the “From Nuclear Testing to a Nuclear Free World” International forum. Caspionet.kz

Autumn nuclear power refueling seen up 5 percent year per year About 20,874 megawatts of nuclear power capacity is expected to be out of service in the United States in the upcoming autumn refueling season, according to Reuters data On Thursday. Reuters

Official: nuke plant flaws different from 1979 Cracks in the steel reactor vessels of two nuclear plants in Belgium were found in 1979, three years before they came online, but they are unrelated to possible cracks discovered this summer, a spokeswoman for the country’s nuclear regulatory agency said Thursday. Huffington Post

Nuclear Energy Industry and Navy Establish Partnership for Seamless Transition to Commercial Nuclear Power Jobs The civilian nuclear energy industry and the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program signed an agreement today establishing the first systematic program that allows personnel separating from the Navy to seamlessly transition to civilian employment. NEI

Opinion and Analysis

Jury Out: Do Advanced Conventional Weapons Make Nuclear War More Likely? GSN

Dreams of nuclear peace Saudi Gazette

Nuclear power is the key to slowing global warming NJ.com

Lugar tries to continue program to destroy nuclear weapons Pal-Item

Is India About to Alter the World’s Energy Future? EconomyWatch.com

Glass offers improved means of storing UK’s nuclear waste SPX