Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

February 2000

Covers new material for December 1999 and January 2000

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Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste
Review of Developments in the Last Decade
ISBN 92-64-17194-0
Price: FF190, US$31, DM57, £19, ¥3 300
104 pages

NEA Newsletter
Volume 17, No. 2
ISBN 92-64-16177-5, ISSN 1016-5398
Price: FF108, US$21, DM31, £12, ¥2 400
38 pages
2000 Subscription including two issues: FF240, US$45, DM75, £26, ¥4 800

A French translation of this periodical is also available:

Bulletin de l'AEN
Volume 17, n° 2
ISBN 92-64-26177-X, ISSN 0255-7495
Prix : FF108, US$21, DM31, £12, ¥2 400
40 pages
Abonnement 2000 comportant deux numéros : FF240, US$45, DM75, £26, ¥4 800

Nuclear Law Bulletin No. 64 + Supplement
ISBN 92-64-16175-9, ISSN 0304-341X
2000 Subscription price (2 issues): FF460, US$80, DM140, £48, ¥9 550
Bulletin 97 pages - Supplement 33 pages

A French translation of this periodical is also available:

Bulletin de droit nucléaire n° 64 + supplément
ISBN 92-64-26175-3, ISSN 0304-3428
Abonnement 2000 comportant deux numéros : FF460, US$80, DM140, £48, ¥9 550
Bulletin 97 pages - Supplement 36 pages

Free publications (via E-mail: International Evaluation Co-operation
Volume 4: 238U Capture and Inelastic Cross-Sections
48 pages Intercomparisons of Calculations Made for GODIVA and JEZEBEL
JEFF Report 16
28 pages Strategic Areas in Radioactive Waste Management
The Viewpoint and Work Orientations of the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee
26 pages

A French translation of this publication is also available: Domaines stragégiques de la gestion des déchets radioactifs
Position du Comité de l'AEN de la gestion des déchets radioactifs et orientation de ses travaux
26 pages

    The 1999 Catalogue of NEA Publications is available free of charge and may be obtained by sending an e-mail to


  • Year-End Y2K Information Contact at the NEA
    Available in English and French at

  • The NEA Reports No Safety Problems in Nuclear Facilities during the Millennium Rollover
    Available in English and French at


    The list of all Nuclear Safety documents produced since 1973 is now available at

    Two important meetings related to NEA nuclear safety activities were held at the end of 1999:

    The 11th Meeting of the Committee on Regulatory Activities on November 29-30 1999, and the 27th Meeting of the Committee on Safety of Nuclear Istallations (CSNI) on December 1 - 3, 1999.

    The main purpose of both meetings was to review the activities carried out by these Committees in 1999 and to approve the activities proposed for the year 2000. In total more than 40 reports and technical opinion papers were produced and a number of workshops were held in this area 1999.

    One of the most important outcomes of the CSNI meeting was the approval of the CSNI Strategic Plan . The reasons for developing the Plan were to ensure that the work of the CSNI is aligned with the NEA Strategic Plan, and to maximise the efficiency of its work in view of the decreasing R&D budgets in Member countries. The basic objectives to be achieved by the plan are better top-down direction of the programme of work, and maintenance of an effective network of technical experts.

    The plan specifies a new CSNI mission and identified the strategic areas of future activities. In addition, the plan included a number of organisational recommendations, such as:

    · The CSNI should meet twice a year.
    · A Programme Review Group (PRG) should be established to assist the bureau.
    · The Principal Working Groups (PWGs) should be renamed Working Groups (WGs) and their number decreased from five to four. A WG on Analysis and Management of Accidents is to replace the existing PWG-2 and PWG-4.
    · The Fuel Cycle Safety Group should become a Task Group (TG) of the WG on Operating Experience (formerly PWG-1).
    · The existing PWG-3 and PWG-5 should continue essentially unchanged.
    · Two Special Expert Groups (SEGs) should be created out of the existing sub groups, namely a group on Fuel Safety Margins and one on Human and Organisational Factors.
    · The guidelines documented in the CSNI Strategic Plan should be used to identify and approve the work to be performed by the CSNI.

    Both Committees approved a number of a workshops and seminars to be organised in future:

    · CSNI Workshop on Instrumentation and Monitoring of Concrete Structures, Brussels, March 22-23, 2000

    · CSNI Workshop on Advanced Thermal-hydraulic and Neutronic Codes, Current and Future Applications, Barcelona, April 10-13, 2000.

    · Safety of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, 29th to 31st May 2000, Japan, Joint Workshop with CSNI, CNRA, CRPPH, and NSC

    · CSNI Specialist Meeting on Safety Performance Indicators, Madrid, Spain, October 17-19, 2000

    · CSNI Workshop on Errors of Commission in Probabilistic Safety Assessment, November 2000, United States

    · CNRI Workshop on Investing in Trust: Nuclear Regulators and the Public, Paris, 29 November-1 December 2000

    · CSNI Workshop on Human Reliability Data Base (HRAD), Spring 2001, Europe

    · CSNI Workshop on Precursor Analysis, Spring 2001, Europe

    OECD-IPSN CABRI Water Loop Project

    The initiation of the OECD-IPSN CABRI Water Loop Project was marked by a meeting held in Paris on 3 December 1999. Representatives from ten Member countries attended the meeting to discuss different aspects of the international agreement that will constitute the basis for the project administration. The Project addresses key issues related to the extended utilisation of nuclear fuel in nuclear power plants, in particular concerning the fuel integrity in postulated accidental conditions. The experimental programme, consisting of twelve tests carried out in the CABRI facility in Cadarache, France, will be conducted by the French Institut de Protection et de Surete Nucleaire (IPSN) as operating agent and under the sponsorship of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Significant modifications of the CABRI facility are foreseen in order to obtain optimal conditions for the intended experiments, to be performed between 2001 and 2007.


    Back issues of the Nuclear Law Bulletin (Numbers 1-60), in English and French, are now available in .pdf format on the NEA Web site, in English at: and in French at:
    You may view these files using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Future editions of the Nuclear Law Bulletin/Bulletin de droit nucléaire will be made available on the Web site approximately one year after their publication.

    NEA Data Bank

    Subject: The Fourth International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications: SNA 2000 September 4-7, 2000, TORANOMON-PASTORAL, Tokyo, Japan Sponsored by the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute and Co-sponsored by OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency, Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute. Objectives:

    (1) present the newest research results in numerical simulations in a wide variety of scientific and engineering fields, in particular nuclear and its related fields.
    (2) promote and encourage the introduction of supercomputing technologies to numerical simulations. Some of the sessions will be organized so that researchers in numerical simulations and high performance computing fields can engage in discussing common areas of interest. Contributions generally focus on large-scale numerical simulations in application fields and supercomputing technologies. Papers on computational science and engineering simulations, whether they are small or large scale, are welcome.

    For detailed information please visit the following Web page:

    Chemical Thermodynamic Data

    OECD/NEA TDB Tc review now available from Elsevier Science B. V.

    NB: if you are a member of the TDB Management Board, Executive Group or of the U/Am/Tc/Np/Pu update or the Tc review team, please ignore this message.

    The OECD/NEA TDB project is proud to present the book "Chemical Thermodynamics of Technetium", the third in the series of TDB reviews. This review book, including an accompanying CD-ROM with an electronic, hyperlinked version of the full text of the book, can now be ordered from the publisher (Elsevier Science B. V.). For further information about this, please visit the TDB web site under

    The selected data are also available in electronic form at the TDB web site
    A lot of work has gone into the production of this volume, and we hope you will find it useful

    The addresses etc. of those of you who have signed up for early ordering via mail or the TDB web site has been sent to the publisher, and you should receive pro-forma invoices in the near future.

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