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 16, 2012

IAEA in the News

First OSART Mission To India Suggests Rajasthan Safety Improvements The first Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) mission to India has put forward a number of proposals for improving the operation of Units 3 and 4 at the six-unit Rajasthan nuclear power plant, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. The OSART mission noted a series of good practices at the plant, which is operated by state-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), but said recommendations and suggestions needed to be carried out to reinforce safety practices. NucNet

IAEA Deputy Director General : Cernavoda is a successful nuclear project Cernavoda is a successful nuclear project, said on Monday, in the opening of the tenth edition of the NucInfo Day 2012 symposium, the Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy, Alexander Bychkov.IAEA official said, in the context of this international event in Cernavoda (south-east of Bucharest), that the Fukushima nuclear accident has not marked a reversal trend in respects of the global perspectives of the nuclear energy. act media

Other Nuclear News

British govt files charges against nuclear waste plant owners British regulators filed charges against the owners of the Sellafield nuclear waste site on Thursday on allegations of illegal dumping of radioactive waste, adding to the plant’s history of controversy and complaints. Reuters

International uranium enrichment facility attracts interest as it starts delivering The International Uranium Enrichment Centre (IUEC), the Moscow-based Russian initiative that currently has four member countries, could gain more members in the near future. “A number of countries are interested in the IUEC,” reveals IUEC commercial director Gleb Efremov. “We can name Vietnam, South Korea, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates.” Engineering News

(Japan) – Ongoing division on N-policy A key subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is part of the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, will unlikely be able to compile a mid- to long-term basic energy policy plan within the year due to disagreements among its members. Yomiuri Shimbun

41 Fukushima residents demand 20 million yen each from TEPCO for ‘theft of homeland’ Forty-one people from areas within 30 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant will jointly sue the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) for around 1.08 billion yen on Dec. 3, it was revealed by their lawyers on Nov. 14. The Mainichi

No signing on SE Asia nuke-free zone protocol at upcoming 21st ASEAN Summit There will be no signing on the protocol to the treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the five recognized nuclear-weapon states (P5) during the 21st ASEAN Summit later this week because three out of the P5 are not ready to do that, said a Cambodian senior official on Thursday. Xinhua

S. Korean nuclear envoy to visit U.S. for talks on N. Korea South Korea’s nuclear envoy will visit the United States next week for consultations on North Korea’s nuclear issue in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election, a Seoul official said Friday. Yonhap

S.Korea unveils power plan after nuclear closures risk blackouts South Korea aims to secure more than 4,000 megawatts (MW) of extra power capacity over demand through savings and new plants to head off potential blackouts, after the closure of nuclear plants means reserve excess capacity in January would be less than a third of the normal target. Reuters

Opinion and Analysis

The Return Of a Nightmare WSJ

Armenia: Is Yerevan Rolling Atomic Dice? EURASIANET