Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin
Covers new material for March 2003
NEA Press Room
Indemnification of Damage in the Event of a Nuclear Accident
Physics of Plutonium Recycling
Engineered Barrier Systems and the Safety of Deep Geological Repositories
SAFIR 2: Belgian R&D Programme on the Deep Disposal of High-level and Long-lived Radioactive Waste
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An international workshop to exchange and disseminate information on the safety aspects of nuclear power plant modifications will be held on 6-9 October 2003 in Paris. It is expected that the workshop's conclusions will help steer developments at both the international and national levels in this area during the coming years. More information is available at www.oecd-nea.org/nsd/workshops/modifications/index.html.
The Working Party on Scientific Issues in Partitioning and Transmutation (WPPT) met on 14 March 2003 at NEA headquarters. Its subgroup on accelerator reliability and utilisation established two working groups: the first will develop an accelerator reliability database and report on the current state of the technology; the second will produce a lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) handbook. The subgroup on physics and safety of transmutation systems discussed results of both the MUSE-4 and the ADS beam interruption benchmarks.
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