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 14, 2012

IAEA in the News

UN nuclear security body sees new rules finally in place by 2014 New global rules aimed at stopping terrorists getting hold of nuclear materials should finally come into force in 2014 – nine years after countries agreed they were sorely needed, a senior U.N. official said on Monday. Reuters

IAEA to complete operational safety review of Rajasthan nuclear plants on Wednesday International Atomic Energy Association’s (IAEA) 12-member operational safety review team (OSART) would complete on Wednesday its operational safety performance of 3&4 units of Rajasthan Atomic Power Stations (RAPS). Business Standard

Other Nuclear News

Middle East nuclear talks face likely delay – diplomats Potentially divisive talks planned for next month on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East may be postponed, diplomats said on Tuesday, a development likely to anger Arab states but please Israel. Reuters

Iran Locked in Internal Debate over Whether to Talk to U.S. Iran appears to be locked in a fierce internal debate over whether to hold bilateral nuclear talks with the United States, with key political leaders calling for dialogue with Washington and hard-liners pressing ahead with expansion of the country’s nuclear facilities. Washington Post

FANR’s new radiation safety guide open for public comment The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) today released a new draft regulatory guide on Radiation Safety in Industrial Radiography (FANR-RG-019). FANR is inviting the public to review and comment on it. WAM

Japan’s Tepco sees no quick re-start for biggest nuclear plant Tokyo Electric Power Co sees no imminent resumption of operations at the world’s biggest nuclear plant, shut down after last year’s Fukushima disaster, further raising its costs as it spends more on fossil fuels to generate electricity. Reuters

Secrecy cloaks South Korea’s civil nuclear program South Korea’s government should resume publishing polls on nuclear safety after a loss of public confidence in the sector in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster, an opposition South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday. Reuters

China cautious but still committed to nuclear -CNNC The pace of nuclear project approvals will be slower in the next few years as China seeks to allay safety concerns in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima crisis, but commitment to the sector remained undimmed, the head of the country’s biggest nuclear firm said. Reuters

Nuclear panel to study Tsuruga plant fissures Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority will examine fissures beneath the Tsuruga nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture to determine whether they are active faults. NHK / Jiji

NRA questions nuclear operator’s Ohi probe Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has raised doubts over surveys conducted by the operator of the Ohi nuclear power station on fissures beneath the plant. NHK

Worries over highly radioactive fish prompt study Persistently high radioactivity in some fish caught close to the Fukushima nuclear plant has sparked a government investigation into the physiological basis for contamination and why radiation readings in some specimens remain hundreds of times over the official safe limit. Asahi Shimbun

Cambodia’s Parliament ratifies conventions on nuclear safety The National Assembly of Cambodia on Wednesday ratified two international conventions on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency and Nuclear Safety to maintain peace, security, safety, and to prevent nuclear proliferation. Xinhua

US technology to be used in UAE nuclear plant The US technical knowledge will be involved in the construction of the first-ever nuclear power plant in the UAE to be built at Baraka in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, US Ambassador to the UAE told Gulf News in an interview. Gulf News

Africa encouraged to use nuclear technology to eradicate tsetse flies Tsetse flies cause sleeping sickness in human being and a disease called nagana in livestock. Tsetse fly infection has contributed highly to low agricultural production in the continent. Press TV

Opinion and Analysis

A Jane Doe Gets a Back Story: Isotope Analysis Provides Clues in a Florida Cold Case NY Times

Time will restore uranium’s glow The Globe and Mail