NEA Monthly News Bulletin - May 2012

New at the NEA

Webcast: Crisis communication challenges following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident

Watch live coverage of the OECD/NEA International Workshop on Crisis Communication: Facing the Challenges hosted by the Spanish Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN) in Madrid, Spain. During the workshop, senior nuclear regulatory officials and key stakeholders from 25 countries and 7 international organisations will share best practices and identify emerging issues in crisis communication following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. 

Webcast information | Workshop information and programme

Date and time: 9 May from 9:30 (CEST/GMT+2) and 10 May from 9:00 (CEST/GMT+2)

New publications

Nuclear Education and Training: From Concern to Capability
Read the executive summary online
ISBN: 978-92-64-17637-9, 200 pages.

Main Benefits from 30 Years of Joint Projects in Nuclear Safety
ISBN: 978-92-64-99171-2 , 132 pages.

NEA Annual Report 2011
ISBN: 978-92-64-99179-8, 56 pages.

Disponible également en français :
AEN Rapport annuel 2011
ISBN : 978-92-64-99180-4, 56 pages.

JEFF 3.1.2
Joint Evaluated Nuclear Data Library for Fission and Fusion Applications


Nuclear safety and regulation

Senior-level Task Group on Impacts of the Fukushima Accident plans new activities

The Senior-level Task Group on Impacts of the Fukushima Accident (STG-FUKU) held its third meeting on 2-4 April. The task group reviewed proposals for new activities made by experts during the onsite accident management meeting held in March 2012. The group also identified several technical areas for further activity. This task group is one means by which the NEA Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) and the NEA Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) are co-ordinating efforts to address the greatest needs of the member countries following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

Radioactive waste management

Preserving records, knowledge and memory across generations

The NEA Preservation of Records, Knowledge and Memory (RK&M) Across Generations project held its second meeting on 10-11 April with 20 representatives from 8 countries, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the OECD in attendance. Participants reviewed the programme of work which included presentations from the NEA Forum for Stakeholder Confidence on greater inter-project cohesion. Much of the discussion concerned the upcoming RK&M workshop in September and the final product of the project, a reference manual to the international position on RK&M preservation. The group was also briefed on project participation in events which had taken place since the October 2011 workshop, including the Waste Management Symposium 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and a seminar on long-term governance in Paris, France. The meeting also covered increasing the project's visibility and outreach, and updating the project governance structure.

Recent products from the Radioactive Waste Management Committee

The Radioactive Waste Management Committee and its working parties continue to consolidate knowledge through a series of information flyers and publications. Recent additions to the collection include: a Chinese translation of the "Waste Management Professions" flyer for university students, a French version of the Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) flyer More than just concrete realities: the symbolic dimension of radioactive waste and its management, a flyer on Estimation of Nuclear Facility Decommissioning Costs and the recent publication on International Structure for Decommissioning Costing (ISDC) of Nuclear Installations.

Radiological Characterisation for Decommissioning

In co-operation with Studsvik Nuclear AB, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management AB (SKB) and AB SVAFO, the NEA held a workshop on Radiological characterisation in decommissioning and dismantling on 7-19 April 2012 in Studsvik, Sweden. Over 100 participants attended from 24 countries, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Nuclear Association, the European Commission (EC) and the OECD. Participants shared current practices, lessons learnt and innovation in radiological characterisation for decommissioning of nuclear sites and facilities. The outcome of the workshop will be captured in the workshop proceedings and in the final NEA Working Party on Decommissioning and Dismantling (WPDD) project report in early 2013.

Nuclear development

Debate on nuclear education and training

On 27 April, a policy debate was held during the 124th session of the NEA Steering Committee on nuclear education and training, organised in conjunction with the new NEA publication on this topic. Speakers from the European Union, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States recognised progress made in this area since the Committee first alerted member countries to the risk of a skills shortage in the nuclear workforce 12 years ago, as well as the need to continue improving in certain areas, such as international "worker passports" and sharing of infrastructure.
Nuclear Education and Training: From Concern to Capability
Read the executive summary online

Nuclear law

Apply for the International Nuclear Law Essentials programme

Apply now for the next session of International Nuclear Law Essentials (INLE) to be held at the NEA on 4-8 June 2012. Designed for public and private sector professionals, this five-day training course provides a comprehensive overview of the international legal framework relating to the safe, efficient and secure use of nuclear energy.  The first INLE session attracted participants from 19 countries around the world. More information is available at:

Data Bank

NEA Data Bank newsletter

NEA hosts International Network of Nuclear Reaction Data Centres meeting

The NEA hosted the annual meeting of the International Network of Nuclear Reaction Data Centres (NRDC) on 16-19 April. The NRDC was officially established in 1976 from the former Four-Centres' Network created in 1966 by the NEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United States and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Today, the NRDC network includes 14 data centres from 10 countries and 2 international organisations. Participants discussed the worldwide compilation of experimental nuclear reaction data, as well as data exchange between centres and dissemination to users in member countries. Find out more about NEA Data Bank nuclear data services at:

Nuclear Data Week

The NEA hosted a Nuclear Data Week on 23-27 April to review and co-ordinate activities in the field of nuclear data measurement, evaluation and validation for nuclear energy applications. The event was co-organised by the NEA Data Bank Joint Evaluated Fission and Fusion (JEFF) library project and the European Commission project on Accurate Nuclear Data for Nuclear Energy Sustainability (ANDES). Participants reviewed progress on nuclear data activities that will allow further improvement of the JEFF evaluated library. For more information on the JEFF project, visit:

Computer program services

New computer programs available



ZZ SCALE5.1/COVA-44G, 44-group cross section covariance matrix library extracted from SCALE5.1
ZZ SCALE6.0/COVA-44G, 44-group cross section covariance matrix library extracted from SCALE6.0 (Tested)

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