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.

November 5, 2012

IAEA in the News

Workshop on groundwater modelling opens MUSCAT The Technical Workshop on Underground Water Modelling opened at the Human Resources Development Centre in the Regional Municipalities and Water Resources Ministry. The workshop, which is part of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) project to boost availability of water, was opened under the patronage of HE Eng. Ali Bin Mohammed Al Abri, Undersecretary of the Ministry for Water Resources Affairs. Oman News Agency

Concluding ceremony: To fight dengue, experts stress long-term strategy National and international health experts on Saturday stressed on the need to develop a long-term strategy to fight dengue and save lives. Express Tribune / APP

Other Nuclear News

Iran denies suspending uranium enrichment Iran’s state media has denied reports that Tehran had suspended the enrichment of uranium at 20% in a goodwill gesture ahead of talks with the world’s major powers. Guardian / Al Arabiya

South Korea shuts nuclear reactors over unapproved parts South Korea has shut down two nuclear reactors after it was revealed that some parts used had not been properly vetted, an official says. BBC / Yonhap / CNN

Nuclear industry gave millions in grants to Japan’s safety experts Four out of the six members on Japanese government panel drafting new nuclear safety regulations each received between three million and 27 million yen in payments, donations and grants from entities in the atomic energy industry in the last three to four years, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said. Asian News International / Al Arabiya

Japan Regulator Delays Decision on Fault Under Ohi Plant Japan delayed a decision on the future of the Ohi nuclear plant as seismologists under the Nuclear Regulation Authority conflicted over whether an earthquake fault line under the station is active or not. Bloomberg / ABC News

Indian scientists devise unique radiation-decontamination wipes They look like the facial wipes available in the market, but what makes them different is that they are meant to clean off radioactive material from the body during a nuclear disaster. Developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the unique decontamination wipe is catching the attention of vendors who cater to NATO forces. IANS

Nuclear power or shale gas? Poland may have to choose soon Poland has set it sights on building its first nuclear power station and developing shale gas, but experts believe it may soon have to choose one or the other as investing in both could prove too costly. AFP

Legislators call for nuclear plant conversion Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Ting Shou-chung and Chiu Wen-yen yesterday urged the government to replace nuclear power with liquified natural gas (LNG) and to halt the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District in a bid to prevent nuclear disaster. Taipei Times

Opinion and Analysis

Heroism and humility Economist

Kudankulam on shaky legal ground Hindu

How safe are underwater nuclear tests? Saudi Gazette