Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for March 2003

New publications
NEA Press Room
Nuclear safety
Data Bank

Indemnification of Damage in the Event of a Nuclear Accident
Workshop Proceedings, Paris, France, 26-28 November 2001
Indeminisation des dommages en cas d'accident nucléaire

Compte rendu d'un atelier, Paris, France, 26-28 novembre 2001
ISBN 92-64-09919-0. Bilingual, 415 pages.

Physics of Plutonium Recycling
Volume VII: BWR MOX Benchmark - Specification and Results
ISBN 92-64-19905-5. 124 pages.

Engineered Barrier Systems and the Safety of Deep Geological Repositories
State-of-the-art Report
ISBN 92-64-18498-8. 72 pages (321 kb).

SAFIR 2: Belgian R&D Programme on the Deep Disposal of High-level and Long-lived Radioactive Waste
An International Peer Review
ISBN 92-64-18499-6. 80 pages (295 kb).

Press Room

A new resource for journalists and the general public covering important recent news about the NEA's work is now available at The NEA Press Room presents key nuclear statistics for the OECD area. Press kits on a wide range of nuclear-related topics provide a concise summary of the major issues and links to relevant NEA publications and selected external resources. A comprehensive set of links to other websites of interest is organised by country. It is also possible to register directly for e-mail alerts of new press releases and Press Room updates.

Nuclear safety

An international workshop to exchange and disseminate information on the safety aspects of nuclear power plant modifications will be held on 6-9 October 2003 in Paris. It is expected that the workshop's conclusions will help steer developments at both the international and national levels in this area during the coming years. More information is available at

Related links

Documents from the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI)
Documents from the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA)
Forthcoming workshops and seminars

Nuclear science

The Working Party on Scientific Issues in Partitioning and Transmutation (WPPT) met on 14 March 2003 at NEA headquarters. Its subgroup on accelerator reliability and utilisation established two working groups: the first will develop an accelerator reliability database and report on the current state of the technology; the second will produce a lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) handbook. The subgroup on physics and safety of transmutation systems discussed results of both the MUSE-4 and the ADS beam interruption benchmarks.

Forthcoming meetings include:

  • a joint meeting of the WPPT subgroups on chemical partitioning and fuels and materials, 17-19 June 2003, Argonne National Laboratory-West, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA.
  • the Fourth Workshop on the Utilisation and Reliability of High Power Proton Accelerators, 16-19 May 2004, Korea.
  • the Eighth Information Exchange Meeting on Partitioning & Transmutation, 9-11 November 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

More information about these forthcoming meetings will be available shortly on the NEA website at

Data Bank

Nuclear data services

The next meeting of the Joint Evaluated Fission and Fusion (JEFF) Project working parties will take place on 28-29 April 2003 at NEA headquarters. Working party members will discuss nuclear data evaluation, measurements, processing and benchmarking. If you are not currently a member of the JEFF project, but feel you could contribute to its work, please contact the NEA Secretariat at Information on the project and details of the meeting schedule are available at

Computer program services

A page listing all new programs in the last 12 months can be found at

  25-FEB-2003 NEA-1492 NUCLEUS-CHART, Interactive Chart of Nuclides (Arrived)
  24-FEB-2003 NEA-1692 FFT-BM, Code Accuracy Evaluations with the 1D Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) Methodology (Arrived)
  21-FEB-2003 NEA-1660 IRPHE-SNEAK, KFK SNEAK Fast Reactor Experiments, Primary Documentation (Arrived)
  21-FEB-2003 USCD1207 PHREEQC, Modeling of Geochemical Reactions, Calculation of pH, REDOX Potential (Now tested)
  20-FEB-2003 NEA-1687 IRPHE/B&W-SS-LATTICE, Spectral Shift Reactor Lattice Experiments (Arrived)
  17-FEB-2003 IAEA1388 FOTELP-2K3, Photons, Electrons and Positrons Transport in 3D by Monte Carlo Techniques (Arrived)
  31-JAN-2003 NEA-1553 SINBAD FUSION, Neutronics Benchmark Experiments (Now tested)
  31-JAN-2003 NEA-1264 ZZ VITAMIN J/COVA, Covariance Matrix Data Library for Sensitivity Analysis (Now tested)

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