NEA Monthly News Bulletin - May 2013

New at the NEA

Russia participates for first time in the Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy

On 25-26 April 2013, Russia sent its first delegation to the meeting of the Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy, the highest decision-making body at the NEA in which all 31 member countries are represented. Meeting highlights included the approval of the text of a joint declaration on co-operation with the China Atomic Energy Authority, the adoption of a statement on the security of supply of medical radioisotopes and a policy debate on NEA actions in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. At the end of the first day, an event marking Russia's first participation was organised with Steering Committee members as well as Russian and OECD Ambassadors and high-level officials in attendance. Statements were delivered by OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría, Deputy Director-General of Rosatom Nikolay Spasskiy and NEA Director-General Luis Echávarri. Speakers emphasised the mutual benefit that Russia's accession to the NEA will bring.

New publications

2012 NEA Annual Report
NEA No. 7144, 57 pages.

Bulletin de droit nucléaire No. 90
AEN n° 7093, 287 pages.

Radioactive waste management

Records, Knowledge and Memory across Generations

The Radioactive Waste Management Committee project on the Preservation of Records, Knowledge and Memory (RK&M) across Generations was launched in 2010 to identify strategic elements of a plan to preserve RK&M for deep geological disposal projects for high-level and long-lived radioactive waste and spent fuel. The project involves 16 organisations in 12 countries and the IAEA, and receives support from the European Commission. The fourth meeting of the RK&M project was held on 16-18 April 2013 and attended by 30 participants from 11 countries, including technical experts and local government representatives. Progress was reviewed and the proceedings from the September 2012 workshop presented. Project studies include a catalogue of regulatory requirements and an analysis of stakeholder demand for oversight. The next workshop will be held on 24-26 September 2013. For more information, including the collective statement, see:

Nuclear Science

Workshops on Reactor Transients and Uncertainty Analyses of Light Water Reactors

Under the Working Party on Scientific Issues of Reactor Systems (WPRS), a series of workshops on reactor transients and uncertainty analyses were held at INSTN-CEA/Saclay and the NEA on 8-12 April 2013. The workshops were jointly hosted by the CEA and the NEA and attended by about 80 experts in this field. The workshops held were the seventh workshop of the Benchmark for Uncertainty Analysis in Best-estimate Modelling for Design, Operation and Safety Analysis of LWRs (UAM-7), the fifth workshop of the Benchmark for Kalinin-3 Coupled Code Calculations and Uncertainty Analysis in Modelling (K3-5), and the second workshop of the NEA/NRC Oskarshamn-2 BWR Stability Benchmark for Coupled Code Calculations and Uncertainty Analysis in Modelling (O2-1).

Data Bank

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