Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

June 2000

Covers new material for May 2000


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The June bulletin covers the following items:

New publications
Nuclear safety
Radiation protection

Radioactive waste management

Nuclear science
Data Bank

New publications

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Regulatory Reviews of Assessments of Deep Geologic Repositories - Lessons Learnt
Évaluation des dépôts géologiques profonds dans un contexte réglementaire - Enseignements tirés
ISBN 92-64-05886-9
Price: FF210, US$32, DM63, £20, ¥3400
132 pages.

OECD Nuclear Energy Data 2000
Données de l'OCDE sur l'énergie nucléaire 2000

ISBN 92-64-05913-X
Price: FF130, US$20, DM39, £12, ¥2050
Bilingual. 48 pages.

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The JEF-2.2 Nuclear Data Library - JEFF Report 17
253 pages.


Nuclear safety

Regular features


Nuclear safety news

Close to 400 participants from around the world gathered in Tokyo, Japan from 29 to 31 May under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency to discuss and exchange information on technical and regulatory issues relevant to the safety of the nuclear fuel cycle.

An International Workshop on Regulatory Inspection Activities related to radiation protection inspections, regulatory inspections required for long shutdowns and subsequent restarts, and the use of objective indicators by the regulatory authority in evaluating the performance of plants was organised by the NEA and hosted by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) in Baltimore, Maryland on 15-17 May 2000. Proceedings will be published later this year.

Radiation protection

At the 10th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA-10), held on 15-19 May in Hiroshima, Japan, the NEA Secretariat gave two presentations:

Radioactive waste management

The Integrated Performance Assessment Group (IPAG) of the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) met in Toronto, Canada on 3-5 May 2000 to discuss approaches and arguments used to establish confidence in long-term safety and in the overall results of intergrated performance assessments of sites for geologic disposal of radioactive waste. Work is in progress towards producing a document reviewing these approaches and arguments. Nineteen organisations from NEA Member countries participate in this initiative, providing a variety of viewpoints, institutional interests and national experiences. This is the third phase of the IPAG initiative. The publication entitled Regulatory Reviews of Assessments of Deep Geologic Repositories - Lessons Learnt represents the work carried out in the second phase of the initiative.

On 29 May a report was released presenting the consensus view of the International Review Team (IRT) established by the NEA Secretariat to perform a peer review of Safety Report 97, a post-closure safety study of a deep repository for spent nuclear fuel in Sweden produced by the Swedish Spent Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB). The review was carried out on behalf of the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate (SKI). The NEA review is based on the examination of the main reports of the project and supporting documents, on information exchanged with SKB staff (both through the intermediary of SKI and in direct interaction at a week-long workshop in Sweden), on a visit of the SKB Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory and Canister Laboratory, as well as on internal discussions within the IRT. The review report was presented to the Swedish public in an event organised by SKI in the city of Stockholm on 31 May 2000.

Nuclear science

The subgroup reports (preliminary version) of the NEA Workshop on Evaluation of Speciation Technology are available at http://www.oecd-nea.org/science/spec/. These reports reviewed the advantages, disadvantages and limitation of various speciation methods, as well as future R&D needed to improve present methods.

The First Information Exchange Meeting on Nuclear Production of Hydrogen will be held in Paris, France on 2-3 October 2000. For more information, see http://www.oecd-nea.org/science/hydro/.

Data Bank

The JEFF Working Party on Nuclear Data Evaluation, Processing and Benchmarking held a meeting at NEA headquarters in Paris on 22-24 May. Several expert groups met to discuss the progress made in the areas of decay data, fission yield data, nuclear data for intermediate energy (up to 200 MeV), and nuclear data for fission and fusion applications. The status of the JEFF-3.T starter file is summarised at http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbdata/nds_jeff_status.htm.

The summary documentation of the JEF-2.2 file was published as JEFF Report 17. This free publication (both paper and CD versions) gives detailed information on the JEF-2.2 library including the origin of evaluations, measures of typical biases for different applications and indications on the changes needed to nuclear data in order to improve the predictive power of the file. All JEF(F) reports are available on the web for download at http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbdata/nds_eval_jefrep.htm.

A TDB Workshop on the Use of Thermodynamic Data Bases in Performance Assessment will be held in Barcelona, Spain on 20-21 November 2000. For more information, see http://www.oecd-nea.org/science/tdb-ws/.

Dates and topics of forthcoming training courses can be found at http://www.oecd-nea.org/databank/training.html/.

Computer program services

A page giving the list of all new programs in the last 12 months can be found at http://www.oecd-nea.org/dbprog/cpsnew.html.

New software packages available from the Data Bank

27-MAY-2000 IAEA1370 TRIGLAV,RESEARCH REACTOR CALCULATIONS (Arrived)
27-MAY-2000 ESTS0219 TOUGH2,UNSATURATED GROUND_WATER & HEAT TRANSF (Arrived)
22-MAY-2000 PSR-0465 EVNTRE, CODE SYSTEM FOR EVENT PROGRESSION ANALYSIS FOR PRA. (Arrived)
18-MAY-2000 PSR-0388 CARES,SEISMIC STRUC SAFETY ANAL FOR NUCL POWER PLANTS (Now tested)
18-MAY-2000 NEA-1210 ZZ HATCHES,DATA LIB FOR RADIO_CHEM MODELLING (Now tested)
15-MAY-2000 CCC-0700 MCNP-4C, Coupled N Gamma 3-D time-Dependent Monte Carlo Transport Calc. (Arrived)
10-MAY-2000 DLC-0200 ZZ MCNPDATA,Standard N, Photon & Electron data libraries for MCNP-4C (Arrived)
03-MAY-2000 PSR-0450 KENO3D,VISUALISATION TOOL FOR KENO V.A GEOMETRY MODELS (Arrived)
28-APR-2000 CCC-0545 SCALE-4,MODULAR_SYS FOR CRITLTY,SHIELDING,HEAT_TRANSF,FUEL DEPLETION (Arrived)

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