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 7, 2012

IAEA in the News

Three-week OSART mission starts at nuke plant Temelin A three-week mission of the Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started at the Czech nuclear power plant Temelin Tuesday, Temelin spokesman Marek Svitak has told CTK. CTK

Pakistan urges IAEA to focus on promoting peaceful uses of nuclear science Pakistan has urged the International Atomic Energy Agency to shed its image of being just a nuclear “watchdog”, and instead focus on its primary role of promoting peaceful uses of nuclear science and related technologies. APP

Other Nuclear News

Iran to take part in talks on nuclear-free Middle East Iran, accused by the West of seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability, said on Tuesday it would take part in a proposed international conference in December on creating a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. Reuters / FNA

Shutdown of reactors fuels concern over power shortage Concern over possible power shortages during winter flared up Wednesday as South Korea was forced to halt the operation of two nuclear reactors for at least two months to replace substandard parts. Yonhap / AP

Kepco boss offers to quit over nuclear scandal The chief executive of South Korea’s state power company has tendered his resignation, a government official said on Wednesday, after a scandal over uncertified components forced the shutdown of two nuclear reactors. FT

TEPCO requests more government financial support for Fukushima recovery Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the utility company responsible for operating the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, revealed on Wednesday that it was going to seek urgent financial assistance from the Japanese government in order to continue recovery efforts. Japan Daily Press

Nuclear watchdog admits additional errors in radiation forecast maps Japan’s new nuclear industry watchdog acknowledged additional errors in its maps for the expected spread of radioactive substances from a serious nuclear accident, further exasperating local governments that must draw up evacuation plans. Asahi Shimbun

Expert panel to discuss iodine tablet criteria The Nuclear Regulation Authority plans to soon establish an expert panel to discuss the criteria for taking iodine tablets to prevent internal radiation exposure in the event of a nuclear accident, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. Yomiuri Shimbun

India, Canada Finalise Conditions of Nuclear Deal India and Canada have finalised the terms for their nuclear deal, paving the way for Canadian firms to export uranium to India. Once implemented, the deal is likely to provide a boost to India’s plans to increase its nuclear capacity to meet growing energy demands. BBC / Toronto Star

Armenia to tighten regulations for construction of new reactor Armenia intends to tighten regulations for the construction of a new generating unit at the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant, the chairman of the government committee for regulation of nuclear safety, Ashot Martirosian told reporters on November 2. Interfax News Agency

Kudankulam project progresses, reactor vessel sealed The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) has crossed one more milestone — sealing of the first 1,000-MW reactor pressure vessel, said a senior official Tuesday. SME Times

Sellafield nuclear waste storage is ‘intolerable risk’ The National Audit Office (NAO) also said that for 50 years, the operators of the Cumbria installation failed to develop a long-term plan for waste. BBC / Telegraph

Opinion and Analysis

Having dispatched Romney, Obama faces Iran, Syria Reuters

A New Approach to Military Nuclear Waste NYT