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 17, 2012

IAEA in the News

IAEA, Fukushima Prefecture sign agreement to cooperate on decontamination, radiation monitoring The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Fukushima Prefectural Government agreed Saturday to closely cooperate on decontamination and radiation monitoring in view of last year’s nuclear crisis. Kyodo

IAEA to set up base in Fukushima for nuclear accidents in Asia The International Atomic Energy Agency will establish a base in Fukushima Prefecture to provide training and stock radiation counters and protective equipment for possible nuclear disasters in Asia. Asahi Shimbun / Bloomberg

Ministerial int’l meeting on nuclear safety starts in Japan A ministerial international conference on nuclear safety kicked off on Saturday in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, aiming at strengthening nuclear safety worldwide after a catastrophic nuclear disaster caused by tsunami in Fukushima. Xinhua

Higher nuclear safety will help avoid Fukushima-like disasters – Amano Boosting safety and security of nuclear power plants will help avoid disasters like the one involving the Fukushima nuclear plant, said Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, in a statement. Voice of Russia

Radiation no respecter of borders – Fukushima conference An independent, effective and expert regulator must be heard in case of a nuclear emergency, delegates at the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety heard on Monday. Business Day

Other Nuclear News

Iran says it, world powers must end nuclear stalemate Iran’s foreign minister said on Monday a way must be found to end the deadlock with major powers over its nuclear program, an Iranian news agency reported, but he offered no new initiative on how to achieve this. Reuters

Spain’s oldest nuclear plant shuts down Spain’s oldest nuclear plant Garona is shutting down on Sunday ahead of new taxes included in a government energy reform that would render the plant unviable. Reuters

British regulators OK nuke reactor design British regulators have approved the design of a new generation of nuclear power reactor as the French companies seeking to build it have delayed their plans. UPI

Nuclear material moved by train from Scotland to England The first of 90 rail shipments of nuclear material from Dounreay in Caithness to Sellafield in Cumbria was made overnight. BBC

Opinion and Analysis

Nuclear power in developing countries? Let’s talk about it Global Post

Mooted IAEA-Iran ‘deal’ just the beginning: analysts AFP

Exit poll: Anti-nuclear votes spread across the board Asahi Shimbun