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 18, 2012

IAEA in the News

Ministerial conference attendees toured Fukushima I NPS Twenty nine participants of the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, including delegates from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and various countries, toured the Fukushima I nuclear power station (NPS) on December 14. Denki Shimbun

Nuclear conference ends with calls for ceaseless efforts for safety A high-level international conference on nuclear safety wrapped up Monday with calls for continuous efforts to ensure facilities are fail safe and cooperation in assessing the impact of radiation leaks from a nuclear accident. Kyodo

Other Nuclear News

Japan nuke operator says obsession with minor safety steps delayed severe accident measures The operator of the disaster-struck Japanese nuclear power plant has acknowledged that the company long neglected safety measures intended to avoid and manage severe accidents while it was obsessed with fixing minor safety problems to improve operational records. AP

Nuclear back on agenda after Japanese election The future of Japan’s planned nuclear phaseout looks less certain following a landslide victory for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the first general election held since the country suspended most of its nuclear generation. World Nuclear News

Investigating ocean currents using uranium-236 from the 1960s Stephan Winkler, isotope researcher at the University of Vienna, has identified the bomb-pulse of uranium-236 in corals from the Caribbean Sea for the first time. 236U was distributed world-wide in the period of atmospheric nuclear testing in the 1960s. Readily dissolved in seawater it is an ideal tool for investigating ocean currents. Phys.Org

First unit of Kudankulam plant undergoing tests In the last lap of its first approach to criticality, the first unit (1000 MWe) of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu is undergoing a battery of tests by engineers of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). The Hindu

First new uranium in Australia in 5 years faces delay Australia suffered a further setback on Tuesday in efforts to become a greater supplier of uranium to the world’s nuclear power sector after the government postponed a decision on development of the country’s first new mine in half a decade. Reuters

Three Chinese Nuclear Reactor Projects Underway Construction of three new Chinese reactors has started since the country’s announcement in October that it would approve only a ‘small number’ of projects in each of the coming five years. World Nuclear News

Opinion and Analysis

Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency expect to sign deal in January AFP

The Economic Cost of a Nuclear Iran WSJ

Thorium gives hopes for alternative nuclear fuel The National

The Next Big Thing in Nuclear Power: Going Small AOL Energy

30 Under 30 – The Future Of Energy Is Nuclear Forbes