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.

December 11, 2012

IAEA in the News

IAEA, Fukushima Prefecture to set up joint decontamination program The International Atomic Energy Agency said it will set up a joint program on decontamination next year with the Fukushima prefectural government as efforts continue at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Asahi Shimbun

IAEA Says Japan’s Nuke Facilities Safe After Latest Quake Japan’s nuclear power plants are safe following a 7.3 earthquake that hit the island nation this morning, International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday. Forbes / AFP

Other Nuclear News

Japanese Quake Stirs On-Air Alarm, but No Damage to Nuclear Plants Is Reported It was perhaps the surest sign that Japan remains unnerved by last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. After a large quake on Friday hit near the same area stricken last year, broadcasters on the public television network NHK threw aside their usual reserve to repeatedly issue worried warnings about tsunamis, with one host frantically urging people to “flee now to save your life!” New York Times

Georgia details nuke black market investigations On the gritty side of this casino resort town near the Turkish border, three men in a hotel suite gathered in secret to talk about a deal for radioactive material.
The Georgian seller offered cesium, a byproduct of nuclear reactors that terrorists can use to arm a dirty bomb with the power to kill. AP

Administration Finalizing HEU Reduction Plan For Hospitals Despite Concerns The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to modify the Medicare payment system for radiological isotopes used in diagnostic procedures despite concerns that the change would not do enough to end health care providers’ reliance on bomb-grade uranium. Global Security Newswire

Panel set up to monitor new nuclear watchdog The government set up a panel Friday to monitor whether the nation’s new nuclear administrative and regulatory bodies are following the recommendations made by the two committees set up by the state and the Diet that investigated the causes of the Fukushima catastrophe. Japan Times

Won’t bow to US on N-liability law: Khurshid India has strongly rejected mounting US pressure to tweak its nuclear liability law – including suggestions that the legislation be interpreted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and revisited by Parliament. Hindustan Times

All safety aspects of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project will be taken care of: Narayanasamy Government on Sunday maintained that it will ensure all safety aspects of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project are fully taken care of before it is commissioned. Press Trust of India

Anti-nuke activists lay siege to Kudankulam plant With the commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project expected by the month-end, anti-nuclear activists stepped up their protests and laid a siege to the plant from the sea today. Press Trust of India

India inks pact with Ukraine on nuclear safety In a bid to enhance safety of its increasing number of nuclear plants, India today inked a pact with Ukraine on Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection to take advantage of its expertise in the crucial sector. Press Trust of India / NetIndian News Network

Nuclear industry plans rescue wagon for disasters If disaster strikes a nuclear power plant in the U.S., the utility industry wants the ability to fly in heavy-duty equipment that could avert a meltdown. AP

Dispute Over Records at Nuclear Plant A federal board Friday ordered the operator of a shuttered nuclear power plant in California to turn over dozens of pages of documents that were withheld when the company submitted a plan to restart one of its damaged twin reactors. AP

Opinion and Analysis

When Push Comes to Shove on Iran New York Times

Parties remain ambiguous on phasing out nuclear power Asahi Shimbun