Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for November 2008:

Radioactive waste management
Radiological protection
Nuclear science
Data Bank


NEA publications

Free publications are available at Paper copies may be requested by sending an e-mail to

Release of Radioactive Materials and Buildings from Regulatory Control
ISBN 978-92-64-99061-6. 72 pages (1 Mb).

NEA 50th Anniversary Historical Review
48 pages (3 Mb).

Disponible également en français :
50ème anniversaire de l'Agence
48 pages (3 Mb).

RWM publications and reportsRadioactive waste management

The Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) Regulators' Forum will hold its first workshop on 20-22 January 2009 in Tokyo, Japan, entitled Towards Transparent, Proportionate, and Deliverable Regulation for Geologic Disposal. The workshop is being hosted by the government of Japan and aims to:

High-level participation has been assured from OECD countries.

RWM publications and reports
Radiological protection

Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE): The 2008 annual meeting of the ISOE Management Board was held on 10-12 November 2008 in Kyoto, Japan, hosted by the ISOE Asian Technical Centre. The meeting further advanced the ISOE programme of work, including agreement to implement new web-based tools for ISOE occupational exposure data entry/analysis and information sharing, and improve aspects addressing reactors undergoing decommissioning.

The Management Board approved a new report entitled Work Management to Optimise Radiological Protection in the Nuclear Power Industry. The report provides practical guidance on the application of work management principles as a contribution to the optimisation of occupational radiation protection, presenting its key aspects, supported by practical examples from within the ISOE community. The meeting was followed by the 2008 ISOE International ALARA Symposium, held in Tsuruga, Japan.  The ISOE Symposia have become an important venue for radiation protection professionals from utilities and authorities to share practical information for the optimisation of worker radiological protection in nuclear power plants.

ISOE is jointly sponsored by NEA and IAEA.  More information on the ISOE programme can be found at

RWM publications and reportsNuclear science

The Management Board of the Thermochemical Database (TDB) project met on 13 November 2008. The project, which was established to fulfil the need for a high-quality database for modelling purposes in the safety analyses of nuclear waste repositories, is about to enter its fourth phase. This phase is mainly devoted to assessing auxiliary data, updating the existing database and to reviewing inorganic species and compounds of molybdenum and iron (vol. 2). At the same time this phase will finalise reviews of chemical thermodynamic data for inorganic compounds and complexes of iron (vol. 1) and tin from the third phase of the project.

More information on the TDB Project is available at

Data Bank

Participants in the Joint Evaluated Fission and Fusion (JEFF) project met on 18-20 November at NEA offices in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. Meeting participants decided on revised fission and fusion data evaluations to be incorporated into an updated release of the JEFF nuclear data library, soon to be released as JEFF-3.1.1.
More information is available at

A workshop on processing tools for evaluated nuclear data libraries was held in conjunction with the JEFF meeting on 18 November at NEA premises chaired by Skip Kahler from Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA.
More information is available at

In order to support the distribution and best use of the various evaluated nuclear data libraries, the NEA promotes the exchange of information on processed libraries, pre-processing and processing codes. The NEA also provides a framework for the processing of evaluated nuclear data through its nuclear data services.
More information is available at

Computer program services

New acquisitions and updates

28-NOV-2008 NEA-1739 IRPhE/AVR, High Temperature Reactor Experience, Archival Documentation
27-NOV-2008 IAEA1426 PLOT-S, Plotting Program with special Features for Windows Environment
27-NOV-2008 PSR-0542 MGA8, Determine Pu Isotope Abundances from Multichannel Analyzer Gamma Spectra
17-NOV-2008 USCD1237 DRAGON2PARTISN, Cross-Sections Data Generation for PARTISN4.0
13-NOV-2008 CCC-0726

CNCSN, One, Two- and Three-Dimensional Coupled Neutral and Charged Particle Sn Code System

04-NOV-2008 NEA-1678 BOT3P5.3, 3D Mesh Generator and Graphical Display of Geometry for Radiation Transport Codes, Display of Results

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