NEA Monthly News Bulletin - March 2010



Major event
OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

An International Conference on Access to Civil Nuclear Energy will take place at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France on 8-9 March.

The conference is organised by the French Government in partnership with the OECD/NEA and will be opened by Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the IAEA, and Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD. Over 40 ministers and 900 participants are registered.

Mr. Luis Echávarri, Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, will moderate the round table How to finance a nuclear programme?
Conference website.

New publications
OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

Towards Transparent, Proportionate and Deliverable Regulation for Geological Disposal
ISBN: 978-92-64-06092-0. 196 pages.

The Financing of Nuclear Power Plants
ISBN: 978-92-64-07921-2. 74 pages.

Maintenant disponible en français :
Le financement des centrales nucléaires
ISBN : 978-92-64-07923-6. 70 pages.

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

Optimisation of Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste
ISBN: 978-92-64-99107-1. 28 pages (139 kb).

Disponible également en français :
Optimisation des stockages géologiques de déchets radioactifs
ISBN : 978-92-64-99108-8. 36 pages (176 kb).

Regulation and Guidance for the Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste
ISBN: 978-92-64-99120-0. 28 pages (170 kb).

Disponible également en français :
Réglementation et lignes directrices pour l'évacuation des déchets radioactifs en formation géologique
ISBN : 978-92-64-99121-7. 40 pages (185 kb).

Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation + CD-ROM
ISBN: 978-92-64-99097-5. 454 pages.

Radioactive waste management

A new task group on R&D Needs for Decommissioning, created by the NEA Working Party on Decommissioning and Dismantling (WPDD), met for the first time in early February in Marcoule, France. The task group will study current R&D needs against an overall objective of increasing safety, reducing secondary waste production and/or increasing efficiency in decommissioning projects. Associated R&D projects will be outlined to be considered for future funding by governments or by the decommissioning industry.

Radiological protection

The Bureau of the Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) held its mid-year meeting on 10-12 February at NEA offices to review progress since the May 2009 meeting. The Committee's programme of work was reviewed and it was agreed that the CRPPH May 2010 meeting's topical session would address the International Basic Safety Standards, and that the CRPPH would be invited to consider the organisation of the 3rd Science and Values workshop in Japan in 2011, as well as a CRPPH workshop on operational radiological protection aspects of new nuclear build, also in late 2011.


Nuclear science

The NEA Working Party on Scientific Issues of the Fuel Cycle (WPFC) met, adjacent with its Expert Groups on Fuel Cycle Transition Scenarios and on Innovative Fuels, at NEA offices on 22-25 February. Finalisation of ongoing activities is underway including: a benchmark study on transition scenario codes, a flowsheets study, a comparative study on homogeneous vs. heterogeneous recycle of transuranic in fast reactors, a review of the benefits and impacts of advanced fuel cycles with partitioning and transmutation, and a status report on innovative structure materials. The WPFC also approved a proposal to create an Expert Group on Advanced Fuel Cycle Scenarios to replace the current Expert Group on Fuel Cycle Transition Scenarios. Future work within the WPFC will cover both current and advanced fuel cycles, including fuel cycle physics, separation chemistry and waste forms, as well as fuel cycle scenarios and accelerator driven systems. More information on the WPFC.

The NEA Expert Group on Integral Experiments for Minor Actinide Management met at NEA offices on 18-19 February to assess relevant research activities and international co-operative activities at the NEA and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), with a goal to identify additional experimental work required for an efficient management of the minor actinides. The Expert Group reviewed a list of measurements and experimental facilities in member countries and discussed how to arrange the information to facilitate the evaluation of the situation concerning nuclear data for minor actinide management. More information on the Expert Group.


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