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.

September 13, 2012

IAEA in the News

Russia, China agree to back IAEA resolution critical of Iran Amid U.S.-Israel tension over Iran’s nuclear program, West persuades Russia and China to adopt a resolution demanding that Iran halt any action that could promote development of nuclear bomb. AP / AFP / Reuters

Other Nuclear News

If Iran builds bomb, US has a year to act: Panetta The United States would have about a year to take action if Iran decided to build a nuclear weapon, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday, despite urgent warnings from Israel that time is running out to prevent Tehran from getting the bomb. AFP

Quebec to shut down its only nuclear reactor Quebec’s new government has confirmed it won’t proceed with the multibillion-dollar refurbishment of the province’s lone nuclear reactor and will instead shut it down. CBC

1 case of thyroid cancer found following Fukushima nuclear crisis A Fukushima prefectural government panel on the health impact from last year’s nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant said Tuesday that one young person has been found to be suffering from thyroid cancer. Kyodo

Japan plans for nuclear phaseout by 2030s Japan is planning a move to shutter all nuclear plants by the 2030s, Japanese media reported Thursday, a major policy shift for a resource-poor nation that once depended on atomic power for a third of its energy. WP

Scientists sound alarm on plan to bury nuclear waste An organization representing the nation’s scientists called on the government Tuesday to drop its plan to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive waste deep underground, saying the risk of geological-based problems is too high. Kyodo

Israel denies blocking Jordan nuclear programme An Israeli official on Wednesday dismissed charges by Jordan’s King Abdullah II that the Jewish state was trying to foil his country’s nuclear energy programme, calling the accusation “a hollow excuse.” AFP

Britain looks to China to fuel nuclear renaissance A government campaign to usher in the next generation of nuclear power in Britain hit a major snag when German companies, scared off by the crisis last year at Japan’s Fukushima plant, pulled out of plans to build new reactors here. WP

Case dismissed for isotope arbitration A Canadian tribunal has dismissed a claim for arbitration from Nordion over the 2008 decision by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) to abandon two isotope production reactors before they began operation. Meanwhile, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency sees no cause for optimism over molybdenum-99 supplies. WNN

Belene NPP strategic project in Bulgaria, former Bulgarian monarch says The Belene nuclear power plant is a strategic project for Bulgaria, former Bulgarian monarch and politician Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha said. ITAR-TASS

Key Republicans Look To Scrap Controversial Nuclear Security Legislation The GOP leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is looking to override fellow Republicans on another panel and scrap legislative language that would reduce the Energy’s Department’s oversight of U.S. nuclear weapons facilities, a key lawmaker said Wednesday. GSN

Opinion and Analysis

IAEA to Soften Iran Rebuke, Stress Need for Peaceful Deal Bloomberg

Addressing a Gap in Nuclear Regulation NYT

Climate Science and nuclear weapons research Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists