The NEA Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) held its biannual meeting on 4‑5 December 2019. The committee approved a number of reports, including the update of a report reviewing key research facilities required to support the safety of nuclear installations. The participants noted that the previous report had been successful in ensuring the continued operation of key facilities. As such, the updated report includes new recommendations to support the facilities at risk of closure and to ensure that important experimental datasets are preserved.
Another key highlight of the meeting was the completion of a report summarising the findings of the NEA Benchmark Study of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (BSAF) Project. Initiated in 2012 to improve the understanding and modelling of accident progression at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the BSAF project not only helped to improve severe accident models, but also supported a number of safety improvements and advances in regulatory practices.