Nuclear still vital, says IAEA boss

Yesterday, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano addressed the Kiev Summit for Safe and Innovative Use of Nuclear Energy to provide information on the situation following the accident […]

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By Tom Gibson

Yesterday, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano addressed the Kiev Summit for Safe and Innovative Use of Nuclear Energy to provide information on the situation following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

The Director General’s visit comes just days before the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. He said that many countries would continue to find nuclear power an important option for energy diversification but that the global community must do its utmost to ensure its safety.

Mr Amano briefed those present on an IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety which will be held in Vienna from 20 to 24 June.

A preliminary assessment of the Fukushima Daiichi accident is expected to review nuclear safety generally and to examine the international emergency response system.

Since the disaster that happened on March 11, the IAEA has sent radiation monitoring teams, experts on food safety and the marine environment, as well as specialists in Boiling Water Reactors to Japan.