IAEA: “It’s Nu-CLEAR what we have to do”

Written by Deepti Saroha

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The International Atomic Energy Agency has made great progress in implementing new ways to not only use Nuclear weapons in a safe manner but nuclear power as well.

This weekend delegates discussed and suggested solutions that involved caring for all effects of nuclear power. These solutions included dealing with those that got sick from exposure, providing more effective solutions for transport and clean-up along with introducing the idea of vitrification. Moreover the allocation of Nuclear Weapons was also discussed.

The delegations of Iraq, Syria and Japan argued for a partnership with another UN committee, The World Health Organization (WHO), since the negative health effects of nuclear power are not often put at the forefront of this issue. Other delegations such as Mexico, India and Venezuela also championed for increased attention being placed on nuclear medicine on developing countries. These countries lack the proper resources to better educate people to fight off the effects of exposure. With this in mind the idea of vitrification, introduced by the delegate of Syria where nuclear waste, instead of being disposed of, is turned into “a stable solid form that is insoluble and will prevent dispersion to the surrounding environment”as a possible solution to disposal”. This process holds countries who drop nuclear waste into repositories accountable for their actions. Another form of vitrification was brought up by the delegations of Brazil and Norway was to case nuclear waste in copper to prevent further pollution.

Essentially the main concerns of this committee’s working papers and resolutions seemed to have a great emphasis in protecting citizen’s health in order to destigmatize the use of nuclear power.