Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for February 2003

Nuclear safety
Radiation protection
Nuclear science
Data Bank

Nuclear safety

An international forum on measuring, assessing and communicating regulatory effectiveness (MACRE 2003) will be held on 17-18 June 2003 in Paris. Theforum aims to assess regulatory effectiveness from a range of perspectives including those of regulators, industry, government and stakeholders. The results of the NEA pilot programme of nuclear regulatory effectiveness indicators will be discussed and the forum's findings incorporated in a forthcoming revised edition of the NEA report Improving Nuclear Regulatory Effectiveness. More information is available at

An NEA workshop on "Redefining the Large-break, Loss-of-coolant Accident" will be held on 23-24 June 2003 in Zurich, Switzerland. Several NEA member countries are presently discussing regulatory changes that could lead to a redefinition of what constitutes a large-break, loss-of-coolant accident (LB-LOCA). Such a regulatory change would affect both the current operation and future design of nuclear reactors. HSK (the Swiss Nuclear Safety Inspectorate), PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) and the OECD/NEA will co-sponsor the workshop, which will bring together regulators, researchers and industry representatives. More information is available at

Related links

Documents from the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI)
Documents from the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA)
Forthcoming workshops and seminars

Radiation protection

The Expert Group on the Processes of Stakeholder Involvement met on 4-5 February 2003 to discuss three recent case studies: the clean-up of uranium mill tailings at a mine in Canada; ongoing management issues at the Chernobyl site in Ukraine; and the rehabilitation of the Rocky Flats weapons production facility in the USA. These case studies will be discussed in depth at the Third Villigen Workshop on Stakeholder Issues in Radiation Protection, which will take place in Villigen, Switzerland on 21-23 October 2003. More information is available at

Nuclear science

The Expert Group on Pyrochemical Separations met on 24-25 February 2003 at OECD headquarters to discuss a draft report on pyrochemical separation techniques. The report reviews the status of national programmes and international collaboration, as well as research needs and possible future applications of pyrochemical separation techniques. The report is due to be published in June 2003. More information is available at

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

  25-FEB-2003 NEA-1492 NUCLEUS-CHART, Interactive Chart of Nuclides (Arrived)
  24-FEB-2003 NEA-1692 FFT-BM, Code Accuracy Evaluations with the 1D Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) Methodology (Arrived)
  21-FEB-2003 NEA-1660 IRPHE-SNEAK, KFK SNEAK Fast Reactor Experiments, Primary Documentation (Arrived)
  21-FEB-2003 USCD1207 PHREEQC, Modeling of Geochemical Reactions, Calculation of pH, REDOX Potential (Now tested)
  20-FEB-2003 NEA-1687 IRPHE/B&W-SS-LATTICE, Spectral Shift Reactor Lattice Experiments (Arrived)
  17-FEB-2003 IAEA1388 FOTELP-2K3, Photons, Electrons and Positrons Transport in 3D by Monte Carlo Techniques (Arrived)
  31-JAN-2003 NEA-1553 SINBAD FUSION, Neutronics Benchmark Experiments (Now tested)
  31-JAN-2003 NEA-1264 ZZ VITAMIN J/COVA, Covariance Matrix Data Library for Sensitivity Analysis (Now tested)

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