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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

UN atomic watchdog sees 'new era' in nuclear energy

Flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency...Image via WikipediaUN atomic watchdog sees 'new era' in nuclear energy

by Staff Writers Vienna (AFP) Sept 20, 2010 There is a renaissance of worldwide interest in nuclear power as countries seek clean and stable sources of energy which will not exacerbate climate change, the UN atomic watchdog said Monday. "It is not an exaggeration to say that we have entered a new era." the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, told the body's annual general conference on its first day.
Some 60 countries were currently considering launching nuclear energy programmes, Amano said.
"We expect between 10 and 25 new countries to bring their first nuclear power plants on line by 2030," he said.
The growing importance of nuclear energy had had a significant impact on the IAEA's work, Amano continued.
"While it is up to member states to decide whether or not to opt for muclear power, the agency has a key role to play in ensuring that the expansion in nuclear power takes place in an efficient, responsible and sustainable manner."
It was the IAEA's job to help countries put the appropri

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