The 58th Regular General Conference of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) convenes in Vienna from 22-26 Sep 2014 to address nuclear verification and safety issues, as well as business matters such as budgets.
Increasing acceptance that global warming is a reality and that fast action is needed has revitalized the nuclear power industry, which is promoting itself as a clean source of energy. Danger remains the issue, underscored by the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Mar 2011. China is undeterred, and is widely reported to have 28 reactors of various models under construction. They include two European Pressurized Reactors. Each will produce approximately double the electricity produced by the average reactor. The agency introduced an ambitious Action Plan on Nuclear Safety in 2011, and the conference reports will include progress on compliance. Others will cover the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea, and Syria's suspected nuclear ambitions. There is certain to be a report on the state of multi-party negotiations for limiting Iran's nuclear-weapons capacity. Enriched uranium can be used to fuel nuclear power plants, which is Iran's stated purpose, but it also provide material for bombs if refined to a high degree. (7/14)
Date written/update: 2014-07-10