NEA Monthly News Bulletin - August 2012

New at the NEA

Fukushima communities focus on food in rehabilitation dialogue

On 7-8 July 2012, an initiative of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) held in co-operation with the NEA Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) brought together local official representatives, professionals and communities of Japan's Fukushima prefecture, in addition to international experts from Belarus, France and Norway for a dialogue on the rehabilitation of living conditions after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. The meeting, hosted by Date City, was the third such dialogue after Fukushima and was attended by around 60 people. It focused on the management of contaminated food following the accident, addressing the concerns of local inhabitants and stakeholders. The discussions on food management involved a wide range of stakeholders including farmers, retailers, consumer organisations, teachers, parent-teacher associations, journalists, medical doctors and city/village officials. Participants came from the Fukushima prefecture as well as from Tokyo.

New publications

Uranium 2011: Resources, Production and Demand
ISBN: 978-92-64-17803-8, 488 pages
Synthèse disponible en français.

NEA News
NEA News is the professional journal of the NEA. Included in this issue:

  • The NEA integrated response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident
  • The economic costs of the nuclear phase-out in Germany
  • International joint projects on nuclear safety: 30 years of benefits
  • Good practice in effluent management for new nuclear build

Également disponible en français :
AEN Infos

Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste: National Commitment, Local and Regional Involvement
ISBN: 978-92-64-99183-5, 24 pages.

Également disponible en français :
Stockage géologique des déchets radioactifs : Engagement national, participation locale et régionale

ISBN : 978-92-64-99184-2, 24 pages.

The Post-closure Radiological Safety Case for a Spent Fuel Repository in Sweden
ISBN: 978-92-64-99191-0, 156 pages.

New press kit on the economics of nuclear power
In the latest addition to the NEA Press Room, the NEA has published a press kit on the economics of nuclear power, in addition to an FAQ section on the subject. The press kit addresses the fundamental questions surrounding the economics of nuclear power and highlights the key findings of relevant NEA reports outlining the cost of nuclear-generated electricity.


Nuclear development

Expert group agrees to finalisation of the report on the economics of the long-term operation of nuclear power plants

On 5-6 July the Ad-hoc Expert Group on the Economics of Long-term Operation (LTO) of Nuclear Power Plants held its final meeting with participants from Belgium, France, Hungary, Switzerland, the United States, the European Commission (EC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Members reviewed the draft report – expected to be published later this year – and discussed the initial set of conclusions and recommendations. The group also discussed the preliminary findings of the European nuclear safety reviews ("stress tests") and current estimates of the impact of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident on the cost of nuclear power plant refurbishment and safety upgrades. This group operates under the oversight of the NEA Nuclear Development Committee (NDC) and in close co-operation with the NEA Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA). For more information on the group, please visit the NEA website.

Medical radioisotopes

NEA high-level group meeting makes progress on moves to eliminate highly enriched uranium

On 10-11 July, the NEA hosted a meeting of its High-level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR). Participants included members of the HLG-MR in addition to invited representatives of the research reactor community, the medical isotope industry and the nuclear medicine community. Discussions focused on the findings of the NEA assessment of the cost and capacity impacts of converting to low enriched uranium targets for the production of molybdenum-99 (99Mo), and policy options to encourage the market uptake of non-HEU-based 99Mo and technetium-99m (99mTc) to facilitate a long-term reliable supply. The NEA Secretariat will be working with HLG-MR members to release documents on these issues over the coming months. Participants also discussed the progress towards the implementation of the HLG-MR policy approach. The next meeting of the HLG-MR will be in January 2013.

Data Bank

NEA Data Bank newsletter

Computer program services

New computer programs available



ZZ KALININ3, KALININ-3 Coolant Transient Benchmark (Tested)



HABIT 1.1, Toxic and radioactive release hazards in reactor control room (Arrived)



CEM03.03, Monte-Carlo Code system to calculate nuclear reactions in the framework of the improved cascade-exciton model (Arrived)



SWORD 4.0, SoftWare for Optimization of Radiation Detectors (Arrived)



BURD, Bayesian estimation in data analysis of Probabilistic Safety Assessment (Tested)



ANISN-ORNL, 1-D Neutron Transport & Gamma Transport in Slab, Cylindrical, Spherical Geometry with Anisotropic Scattering (Tested)

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