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IAEA's Amano sets out challenges

22 September 2014

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has become "more and more convinced" of the vital importance of science and technology for sustainable development in his visits to the agency's member states all over the world. 

Amano spoke at the 58th Regular Session of the IAEA's General Conference being held this week in Vienna.

"Nuclear science and technology have much to contribute to the achievement of development goals in areas such as human health, agriculture, water management, and industrial applications, as well as in energy," Amano said. As nations consider new sustainable development goals for the years after 2015, Amano called on the IAEA's member states to help ensure that the importance of science and technology is explicitly recognised as a central part of the post-2015 agenda. This should include recognition of the immense benefits of peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, he said.

China's climate change plan

22 September 2014

The Chinese government has approved a national climate change plan that sets out emission and clean energy targets for 2020. Nuclear energy will have an important role in meeting these targets.

Ban Ki-moon applauds IAEA

22 September 2014

Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, today applauded the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in promoting a nuclear safety culture around the world.

 

HTGR fuel production equipment in place

19 September 2014

HTR fuel ball pressing equipment - 48The installation of equipment has been completed at a pilot production line in Baotou in Inner Mongolia for fuel elements for China's Shidaowan HTR-PM, a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) demonstration project.

More power for Forsmark 3

22 September 2014

Forsmark_3_(Vattenfall)_48Vattenfall's Forsmark 3 has returned to service with 17 MWe more power after work to replace the unit's high pressure turbine.

Russian sulfuric acid plant expanded

19 September 2014

Sulfuric acid plant - PIMCU - 48The Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union has completed a scheduled upgrade of its sulfuric acid plant, increasing its capacity by 25%.

Russia makes fast neutron reactor progress

19 September 2014

TVS-4 fuel assembly 48Russia has announced two new milestones in its ‘Proryv’, or Breakthrough, project to enable a closed nuclear fuel cycle. The ultimate aim is to eliminate production of radioactive waste from nuclear power generation. 

Editorial

Public perception of uranium mining is largely based on the poor, unregulated practices of the industry's earliest days. But the industry has learned from its past, and modern practices and regulatory regimes have transformed uranium mining into one of the most highly regulated and safest forms of mining in the world today, writes Robert Vance.

Although prospects for the global growth of nuclear generating capacity have declined somewhat since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in 2011, overall they remain good. New uranium mines will thus be needed to meet the increased demand for the uranium that accompanies such growth. However, in many countries, negative perceptions of uranium mining based on the legacies of past practices linger, and a lack of awareness of present-day mining practices and the management of mining impact can hinder the development of additional mines.

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