The National Newspaper: Kuwait unveils plan to tackle possible radiation accidents
‘KUWAIT CITY // Kuwait’s ministry of health has announced a plan to deal with accidents involving radioactive pollution, one week after Kuwaiti officials expressed concern with the proximity of Iran’s new nuclear plant. “The ministry of health is ready to deal with any radioactive pollution accidents,” a senior ministry official, Samir al Asfour, told local reporters on Saturday, the state news agency, Kuna, reported. Mr al Asfour said the plan, which was formulated in co-ordination with civil defence officials, follows guidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for countries located near nuclear reactors. “It includes draft emergency measures for each state department to follow in case of accidents involving nuclear radiation,” Mr al Asfour said. “A network consisting of 15 fixed and two mobile detection stations has been put in place nationwide to gauge the levels of radiation in the border areas as well as the residential areas.” Equipment to detect radiation levels in air, water, soil and food samples has been provided to Kuwaiti laboratories, Mr al Asfour said, adding that the ministry of health has up to 60 million doses of medication for treating radiation sickness.’

Deutsche Welle: Germany's Merkel eyes an extra decade of nuclear power
‘Chancellor Angela Merkel weighed in on Germany's ongoing nuclear energy debate. She said the country needs to run its nuclear energy plants for at least 10 more years to keep energy costs down and ensure demand is met. German Chancellor Angela Merkel foresees keeping Germany's nuclear power plants running for at least another decade past their current phase out date. In 2002, the then-ruling SPD-Greens coalition passed a law that said all of Germany's nuclear power plants were due to go off line by 2022. But Merkel, coming off a recent tour of energy facilities around Germany, said in an interview with public broadcaster ARD that "on technical grounds, [an additional] 10 to 15 years is reasonable." The chancellor, citing an independent consultants' report set to be published this week, said such a time frame would ensure Germany's energy needs are met as the country transitions to renewable energy sources. Energy prices would remain under control and goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions would be reached with an extra 10 to 15 years of nuclear power, Merkel added.’

The Japan Times: Japan's textual demands vex civilian nuclear deal with India
‘LONDON — When Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada was in Delhi a few days back for the fourth round of strategic dialogue between Japan and India, he made it clear that negotiations on a civilian nuclear cooperation pact are going to be rather difficult. There are indications that these negotiations have stalled. It now looks unlikely that this pact will be signed during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Japan in October as originally planned. It was in June that India and Japan began discussions on the possibility of Japan signing a civil nuclear agreement with India. It was a significant move for Japan, which has long been critical of Indian nuclear policy. Though India-Japan ties have blossomed in recent years on a whole range of issues, the nuclear issue has been a major irritant in the relationship. The Indian nuclear tests of 1998 marked the lowest point in bilateral relations, as Japan reacted strongly to the nuclearization of the subcontinent. Tokyo suspended economic assistance for three years as well as put on hold all political exchanges between the two nations.’

Argentina Star: Old nuclear facilities to go in Iraq
‘The European Union has agreed to help Iraq get rid of its Saddam-era nuclear facilities, which have become a problem for the country. The EU has signed an agreement which will bring EU scientists to assist the Iraqis in dismantling and decontaminating the nuclear facilities that were built when Saddam Hussein was in power. A $3.2 million agreement has been signed with Iraq in which the more complicated facilities will be cleaned up in less time than had been estimated. Iraq scientists have been trying to clean up ten old nuclear sites around the country, but the going has been slow. The EU program will train Iraqi scientists and provide equipment to get rid of radioactive materials and radioactive waste. EU nuclear officials have said they will put out a tender before the end of the month for firms interested in providing equipment to manage the dismantling program.’

The Hindu: Fatehabad farmers see nuclear plant as a liability
‘The agitating farmers of Gorakhpur-Kumharia village of Haryana have decided to stage an indefinite dharna outside the mini secretariat at Fatehabad, over 300 km from here, to protest against the acquisition of over 1,400 acres by the government for a nuclear power plant there. “We are not against technology; we just don't want it to be at the cost of farmers. We will convey this to the Prime Minister, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi,” said Hans Raj, president of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti spearheading the stir. Speaking to The Hindu over phone from Fatehabad, he said: “We have already handed over a memorandum of our demands to the Deputy Commissioner and addressed it to President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.” Apart from a section of farmers not ready to part with their land at any cost, there are many whose objection is to the price being offered. “In the proposed power plant, over 500 acres of land which is ‘most fertile' and fetches over Rs. 20 lakh per acre in market but the government rate is Rs. 11.65 lakh per acre which is unfair. The land must be bought at a fair price,” said another farmer.’

The Hindu: ‘Jaitapur nuclear plant needs thorough regulatory scrutiny' No answers on project cost were given by NPCIL
‘The Konkan Bachao Samiti (KBS), which is opposing the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant (JNPP) in Ratnagiri, has said that several questions on the project remain unanswered. At a recent press conference, Vivek Monteiro and Adwait Pednekar of the KBS said several issues were raised at meetings held among the KBS, Janhit Seva Samiti (JSS) and officials of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), at the instance of Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests. Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan had said that the plant's cost would be Rs. 1,00,000 crore and people would be offered the best rehabilitation package. Mr. Pednekar said till now no answers on the project cost were given by the NPCIL and nothing was said about the cost of power. At the two meetings held with the NPCI L and the others, it was clear that the JNPP, till date, did not receive regulatory approval from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).’

New York Times: The Burden of Nuclear Waste
‘DELFT, THE NETHERLANDS — Tensions within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration over Germany’s energy policy cut to the heart of a contentious, worldwide debate over the future of nuclear power. The old controversies over nuclear reactors — their dangers, benefits and costs — have been raised to the forefront. But as politicians, energy experts and the general public weigh the pros and cons, one key element in harnessing energy from the atom is being neglected: the link between the different methods of producing nuclear power and the nature — and longevity — of the radioactive waste that each method leaves behind. This in turn raises the issue of intergenerational justice: The technical choices we make today will determine the extent of the burden humanity will face in containing contaminated byproducts that can remain radioactive for tens of thousands of years. While an increasing number of states are being swayed by the fact that nuclear power can enhance domestic energy security, produce large amounts of energy, and emit very low greenhouse gas byproducts, critics nonetheless remain vociferous.’