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 28, 2012

IAEA in the News

Don’t drop ball on nuclear safety – IAEA chief Improving global nuclear safety after last year’s Fukushima disaster must remain an urgent concern, despite improvements already made, the U.N. atomic agency chief said on Monday. Reuters / AFP / Economic Times / GNA

Other Nuclear News

Iran offers nuclear technology A senior Iranian lawmaker has said Iran is ready to transfer its know-how and experience in nuclear technology to Egypt, local media reported on Monday. Xinhua / UPI

Full-scale radiation testing begins on Fukushima rice Radiation testing due to be performed on every bag of rice produced in Fukushima Prefecture this year started Aug. 25 in the Fukushima Prefecture city of Nihonmatsu. Mainichi

Government to begin checking thyroids of children from outside Fukushima The Japanese government has stated that it will have medical experts check the thyroid of roughly 4,500 children at three different locations outside of Fukushima. Japan Daily Press

Schools in Fukushima town reopen after 1 1/2 years Public elementary and junior high schools here reopened Aug. 27, a year and a half after the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered a crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant and the town fell under the government-designated emergency evacuation preparation zone. Mainichi

Government to consider nuclear-free option In the face of strident anti-nuclear public sentiment, the government will consider abandoning nuclear power generation, sources said, a turnaround from its previous stance of continued reliance. Asahi Shimbun

Atomic Energy chief seeks media’s help for awareness about nuclear plants Amid opposition and apprehension about the safety of people and environment vis-a-vis production of nuclear energy, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chairman Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha here on Monday said there was a need to use every possible method available, including the media, to change the public perception and increase awareness about its benefits. Indian Express

Belgian nuclear reactor shut at least until year-end Belgium will not reopen a nuclear power reactor which was closed over safety concerns until at least the end of the year, the government said on Monday. Reuters

Bulgaria awards Westinghouse feasibility study for developing new nuclear reactor Bulgaria has awarded Westinghouse Electric Co. a contract to study the feasibility of installing an additional reactor at the only nuclear plant in the Balkan country, which relies on Russia for its energy supplies. AP / Reuters

Conn. nuclear power plant back at full service 13 days after unit closed with too-warm water Connecticut’s nuclear power plant has returned to full service nearly two weeks after one of its two units was forced to shut down because seawater used to cool it down was too warm. AP

Ailing Calif. reactor prepares to remove fuel The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant is preparing to empty the radioactive fuel from one of its twin reactors, a federal official said Monday, another sign the plant won’t be operating at full capacity anytime soon, if ever. AP

Opinion and Analysis

India: Double Speak On Nuclear Disarmament Eurasia Review

No to nuclear weapons Pakistan Observer

Complacency perished in the Fukushima nuclear disaster Japan Times

What’s Inside The Suspect Nuclear Waste Tank At Hanford? Forbes