Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for March 2002

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The April bulletin covers the following items:

New publications
Nuclear development
Nuclear safety
Radiation protection
Nuclear science
Legal affairs
Data Bank

New publications

Nuclear Legislation: Analytical Study - Update 2001
Regulatory and Institutional Framework for Nuclear Activities
180 pages.

Externalities and Energy Policy: The Life Cycle Analysis Approach
Workshop Proceedings, Paris, France, 15-16 November 2001
244 pages (2.1 mb).

Nuclear development

The NEA and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have published the proceedings of an international workshop "Externalities and Energy Policy: The Life Cycle Analysis Approach", jointly organised by the two agencies in Paris on 15-16 November 2001. Incorporating external costs ("externalities") into energy prices is important to sustainable energy policy. This represents a key challenge and an important step towards "getting the prices right". Life cycle analysis (and assessment) is a process that seeks to identify and assess the environmental, economic and social impacts associated with a product, process or activity, and it provides a conceptual framework for a detailed and comprehensive comparative evaluation of energy supply options. More information is available at

Nuclear safety

The Working Group on Risk Assessment (WGRisk) held a workshop on "Passive System Reliability - A Challenge to Reliability Engineering and Licensing" on 4-6 March 2002. The workshop was hosted by the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) and took place in Cadarache, France. Participants at the workshop agreed that:

1. Passive systems and passive probabilistic safety assessments are becoming more important as reactor technology evolves. The key element in the development and use of passive systems is the decision as to whether new nuclear power plant designs will be licensed or built.
2. As a corollary to (1), continuing research into passive systems is essential for both nuclear regulators and operators, thereby preparing them for any future challenges newly designed and licensed reactors may present.

Regular features

Radiation protection

The Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) approved a new two-year programme of work at its annual meeting on 11-12 March 2002. The new programme will focus on the overall radiation protection framework and examine the emerging issue of radiological protection of the environment. The CRPPH will also address the possible implications of further reducing radioactive effluent releases and how to better integrate societal aspects into radiation protection decision making. The CRPPH's operational undertakings will again include the Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE) and International Nuclear Emergency Exercises (INEX). INEX 3, currently under development, will address assessment and decision-making mechanisms following a serious contamination. More information is available at

Nuclear science

The Working Party on Nuclear Criticality Safety's Expert Group on Burn-up Credit has just published the results of the phase III-B benchmark on burn-up calculations of boiling water reactor fuel assemblies for storage and transport. This report, prepared by H. Okuno, Y. Naito and K. Suyama, presents an analysis of the 16 results submitted by the benchmark exercise participants. Paper copies of the report can be obtained upon request from Ali Nouri ( The report, and others in the burn-up credit criticality benchmark series are available at:

Legal affairs

The first update of the 1999 Edition of the Analytical Study on Nuclear Legislation in OECD Member countries has just been published. As with the 1999 edition, data is organised in a standardised format for all countries, thus facilitating information search and comparison. The 2001 update provides new chapters for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway and Spain. There is also a chapter for the Slovak Republic, Member of the OECD since December 2000, and not previously covered by this publication. An information note on Poland is included, pending the adoption of legislation to implement the new Polish Atomic Act. The update, also available in French, may be ordered from the OECD Online Bookshop at the following address:

Data Bank

Computer program services

A page listing all new programs in the last 12 months can be found at Detailed news concerning the computer program service is available at:


New software packages available from the Data Bank

  26-MAR-2002 NEA-1561 CHEMENGL/CHIMISTE, Chemical and Physical Properties of Elements (Now tested)
  26-MAR-2002 NEA-1492 NUCLEUS-CHART, Interactive chart of nuclides (Now tested)
  26-MAR-2002 IAEA1287 SHIELD, MC code for simulating interaction of high energy hadrons with complex macroscopic targets (Arrived)
  25-MAR-2002 NEA-1554 ZZ PWR-MSLB, PWR Main Steam-Line Break Benchmarks, Coupled Neutronics Thermal Hydraulics (Now tested)
  25-MAR-2002 NEA-1657 ANL-BPB, Argonne National Laboratory Code Center Benchmark Problem Book (Now tested)
  14-MAR-2002 NEA-1581 ART MOD2,Fission Product Migration in Primary System and Containment (Now tested)
  14-MAR-2002 NEA-1313 BWRDYN, Thermal Hydraulic Analysis of a BWR plant (Now tested)
  14-MAR-2002 NEA-1577 SKETCH-N 1.0, Solve Neutron Diffusion Equations of Steady-state and Kinetics Problems (Now tested)
  14-MAR-2002 NEA-1578 COMRAD96, Nuclear Fuel Burnup and Depletion Calculation (Now tested)
  14-MAR-2002 IAEA1240 HEXAB-3D, 3 - D Few-group Diffusion for Hexagonal Core Geometry (Now tested)
  14-MAR-2002 NEA-1593 TRAC-PF1/EN MOD 3, Best Estimate Coupled 3D Neutronics-thermalhydraulics (Now tested)
  01-MAR-2002 NEA-1517 SINBAD REACTOR, Shielding Benchmark Experiments (Now tested)
  01-MAR-2002 NEA-1553 SINBAD FUSION, Neutronics Benchmark Experiments (Now tested)

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