NEA Monthly News Bulletin - September 2010


New publications

Nuclear Energy Data 2010
ISBN: 978-92-64-09438-3. 140 pages.

Comparing Nuclear Accident Risks with those from Other Energy Sources
ISBN: 978-92-64-99122-4, 52 pages (702 Kb)

Disponible également en français :
Évaluation de risques d'accidents nucléaires comparés à ceux d'autres filières énergétiques
ISBN : 978-92-64-99123-1, 56 pages (858 Ko)

International Nuclear Law: History, Evolution and Outlook
10th Anniversary of the International School of Nuclear Law
ISBN : 978-92-64-99143-9, 424 pages (2.13 Mb)

Disponible également en français :
Le droit nucléaire international : Histoire, évolution et perspectives - 10e anniversaire de l'École internationale de droit nucléaire
ISBN : 978-92-64-99144-6, 472 pages (2.39 Mo)

Generation IV International Forum

The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) 2009 Annual Report
The third edition of the GIF Annual Report highlights the main achievements of the Forum in 2009. In particular, the GIF Symposium, held in Paris, France, in September 2009 offered representatives from all GIF entities the opportunity to present the progress and main achievements of the different groups during the past ten years, as well as to present their priorities for the next five years to both the GIF community and other stakeholders. The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency acts as the Technical Secretariat for the GIF.
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Nuclear safety and regulation

Strategic Plan for nuclear safety and regulation
Following the approval of the NEA Strategic Plan, the NEA Committee for Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) and the NEA Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) approved the Joint CNRA/CSNI Strategic Plan in June 2010. Both committees will prepare operating plans to guide their working groups and projects in their activities in alignment with the newly established challenges and goals. As part of this process, the two committees will review and/or revise the mandates of their working groups and task groups as necessary. The CNRA and CSNI operating plans will be presented to their respective committees for approval in December.

New report on computational fluid dynamics (CFD): NEA/CSNI/R(2010)2 –
Extension of CFD codes application to two-phase flow safety problems

This report identifies six nuclear reactor safety problems to be studied in greater detail where two-phase CFD may bring real benefit. The issues identified were: dry-out investigations, departure from nucleate boiling (DNB) investigations, pressurised thermal shock (PTS), pool heat exchanger, steam discharge in a pool and fire analysis. Two-phase CFD was applied to these issues, resulting in an updated state of the art approach to these specific technical issues. Gaps in the modelling were also identified. Available data for validation were reviewed while additional data requirements and verification tests were identified. Benchmarks were also proposed for future activity. Although two-phase CFD is not very mature, initial best practice guidelines (BPG) have been established and will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Radioactive waste management

10th anniversary of the NEA Forum on Stakeholder Confidence
The NEA Forum on Stakeholder Confidence will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a colloquium entitled "Looking back, Looking Forward in Stakeholder Engagement". The colloquium will be held on Wednesday 15 September at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. Attendees from NEA member countries will include Forum members, local community representatives, academics, local politicians, field sociologists and journalists. Presentations will be made on a decade of progress in addressing governance issues and social dimensions of radioactive waste management. Other themes will include relationship-building between host communities and facilities, as well as partnering arrangements in launching waste management projects. Find out more at:

Nuclear development

The NEA recently hosted a meeting on Uranium Recovery from Phosphoric Acid. Participants discussed possible drivers for recovering uranium from phosphoric acid, including meeting future fuel demand, improving environmental performance of phosphate plants and minimising potential long-term risk from uranium build-up in soil from phosphate fertilisers. Participants noted the decline in expertise in recovery technology and the need to capture knowledge and share best practices related to safety, security and safeguards. However, it was noted that market conditions are not, in themselves, sufficient to motivate a third wave of uranium production from phosphoric acid. Terms of Reference were developed for an Independent Expert Group to identify the benefits and hurdles in the agreed areas and to recommend options for advancing the case in each of the areas identified.

Nuclear law

10th anniversary of the International School of Nuclear Law
On 23 August 2010, the NEA and the University of Montpellier 1 in France celebrated the 10th anniversary of the International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL). The ISNL is a unique two-week academic programme which provides intensive teaching in all major aspects of international nuclear law. Since its inception, the ISNL has trained over 500 post-graduate students and professionals from both governmental and non-governmental institutions who come to Montpellier from around the world. On the occasion of the ISNL's 10th anniversary, a special publication has been issued by the NEA: International Nuclear Law: History, Evolution and Outlook. This book is a rich source of information comprising 18 scholarly papers on various aspects of international nuclear law. It is dedicated to ISNL alumni and is available free of charge on the NEA website. More on the ISNL 10th anniversary.

RWM publications and reports


Data Bank

NEA Data Bank newsletter

Computer program services

New computer programs available

05-JUL-2010 NEA-1525 PENELOPE 2008.1, A Code System for Monte-Carlo Simulation of Electron and Photon Transport (Arrived)

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