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NEA News is the professional journal of the NEA. It features articles on the latest nuclear energy issues concerning the economic and technical aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear safety and regulation, radioactive waste management, radiological protection, nuclear science and nuclear legislation. Each issue provides facts and opinions on nuclear energy, an update of NEA activities, and a brief presentation of new NEA publications and other NEA news.

2017 Volume 35.1

2017 Volume 35.1
Complete issue
Editorial – Daniel Iracane, Deputy Director-General and Chief Nuclear Officer

Facts and opinions

Legacy management: An old challenge with a new focus
Following the cessation of hostilities after the end of the Second World War, many physicists turned to studying wartime nuclear technologies with a new purpose: using nuclear energy as an alternative energy source to gas and oil. With so many nations hoping to improve their generation capacity, the development of nuclear reactors thus grew quickly in the 20th century, resulting in over 400 nuclear power plants worldwide today.

NEA support to Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning strategy planning
Six years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) are shifting their focus to strategy planning for long-term challenges related to the decommissioning of the damaged reactors.

NEA updates

The future of medical isotope supply – 2017 status update

A methodology for presenting national inventories of spent fuel and radioactive waste

Women who helped shape the history of nuclear science and technology

News briefs

Advanced reactors and future energy market needs

Argentina and Romania to join the NEA family

The NEA and IAEA: A long-standing partnership

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications and brochures

2017 Volume 34.2

2016 Volume 34.2
Complete issue
Editorial – William D. Magwood, IV, NEA Director-General

Facts and opinions

The NEA Nuclear Innovation 2050 Initiative
The NEA launched its Nuclear Innovation 2050 (NI2050) Initiative with the aim of identifying research and development (R&D) strategies and associated priorities to achieve commercial readiness of innovative, sustainable nuclear fission technologies in a fast and cost-effective way. As defined at the beginning of the process, these R&D strategies would be elaborated with NEA stakeholders at large, in particular involving nearly all NEA committees, nuclear research organisations, industry, regulators and technical safety organisations.

The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC)
The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) brings together 34 participant countries, 31 observer countries and 4 observer organisations, according to its Statement of Mission, "to explore mutually beneficial approaches to ensure the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes proceeds in a manner that is efficientand meets the highest standards of safety, security and non-proliferation".

NEA updates

NEA collaborative activities related to accident-tolerant fuels

Costing for decommissioning: Continuing NEA engagement

News briefs

10th national workshop of the NEA Forum on Stakeholder Confidence

International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology

NEA joint projects

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

2016 Volume 34.1

2016 Volume 34.1
Complete issue
Editorial – Daniel Iracane, NEA Deputy Director-General and Chief Nuclear Officer

Facts and opinions

Assessing the full costs of electricity
For decades, economists, energy specialists and policymakers have been satisfied with assessing the comparative costs of electricity generation on the basis of discounted average costs over the lifetime and the total output of a generating plant. As a standardised form of cost-benefit accounting (CBA), these levelised costs of electricity (LCOE) indicate the required expenditures in terms of capital, fuel, and operations and management (O&M), adjusted for their incidence in time or the different technology options per unit of output (i.e. a MWh of electricity).

Nuclear power plant decommissioning costs in perspective
At the international level, actual experience is limited in the completion of nuclear power plant decommissioning projects. Cost data for decommissioning projects are thus largely unavailable, with few examples of analyses or comparisons between estimates and actual costs at the project level.

NEA updates

Nuclear safety: Five years after the Fukushima Daiichi accident

Strengthening the scientific basis of radiological protection

News briefs

The NEA Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework

OECD and NEA countries' national frameworks for nuclear activities

Spotlight on Finland: The world's first deep geological repository

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

2015 Volume 33.2

2015 Volume 33.2
Complete issue
Editorial – William D. Magwood, IV, NEA Director-General

Facts and opinions

Why the climate needs nuclear energy

A clean environment approach to uranium mining

The growing interrelationship between nuclear law and environmental law

NEA updates

Radioactive waste management solutions

Nuclear regulatory organisations: Learning from stakeholders to enhance communication

News briefs

Towards the renewal of the NEA Thermochemical Database

NEA joint projects

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

2015 Volume 33.1

2015 Volume 33.1
Complete issue
Editorial – William D. Magwood, IV, NEA Director-General

Facts and opinions

Nuclear new build: Financing and project management

Nuclear liability amounts on the rise for nuclear installations

NEA updates

Gas generation in deep geological repositories

The NEA benchmark study of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP

Assessing high ionic strength solutions: A new activity of the TDB Project

News briefs

Multi-physics experimental data, benchmarks and validation

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

2014 Volume 32.1/32.2

2014 Volume 32.1/32.2
Complete issue
Editorial – William D. Magwood, IV, NEA Director-General

Facts and opinions

The future of medical radioisotope supply

Joint declaration on the security of supply of medical radioisotopes

Radiation and thyroid cancer

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident: Update on compensation

NEA updates

The safety case for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste

An interview with Stephen Burns

Uranium mining: Environmental and health impacts

SFCOMPO: A new database of isotopic compositions of spent nuclear fuel

News briefs

A new series of international nuclear emergency exercises (INEX)

Thermodynamics of Advanced Fuels – International Database Project

Uranium 2014: Resources, Production and Demand

A new NEA expert group on accident-tolerant fuels

EXFOR: Improving the quality of international databases

NEA joint projects

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

2013 Volume 31.2

2013 Volume 31.2
Complete issue
e-book
Editorial - Luis E. Echávarri, NEA Director-General

Facts and opinions

Responding to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident

Progress towards a global nuclear liability regime

State of the art in radiological protection science

NEA updates

The economics of the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle

GIF's role in developing the nuclear technologies of the future

Three decades of enhancing confidence in thermodynamic calculations

News briefs

Improved nuclear data services based on JANIS

Knowledge management of neutronics integral experiments

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

2012/2013 Volume 30.2/31.1

2012/2013 Volume 30.2/31.1
Complete issue
Editorial - Luis E. Echávarri, NEA Director-General

Facts and opinions

System effects of nuclear energy and renewables in low-carbon electricity systems

NEA updates

Stakeholder involvement: A central theme in radiological protection

Nuclear power in the United Arab Emirates: Legal framework and regulatory co-operation

Estimation and comparability of nuclear facility decommissioning costs

News briefs

Nuclear power and climate change: The cost of adaptation

International nuclear law essentials

NEA contributions to the worldwide collection, compilation and dissemination of nuclear reaction data

NEA joint projects

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

2012 Volume 30, No. 1

2012 Volume 30, No. 1
Complete issue
Editorial - Luis E. Echávarri, NEA Director-General

Facts and opinions

The NEA integrated response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident

The economic costs of the nuclear phase-out in Germany

NEA updates

International joint projects on nuclear safety: 30 years of benefits

Good practice in effluent management for new nuclear build

Innovative fuels and structural materials for advanced nuclear energy systems

Radiological characterisation for decommissioning

News briefs

Over two decades of information exchange on partitioning and transmutation

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

2011 Volume 29, No. 2

2011 Volume 29, No. 1
Complete issue
Editorial - Luis E. Echávarri, NEA Director-General

Facts and opinions

Carbon pricing and the competitiveness of nuclear power

Fukushima: liability and compensation

NEA updates

NEA international peer reviews of post-accident protection policy

MDEP: producing results in a challenging time for nuclear power

Load-following with nuclear power plants

News briefs

International survey of government decisions and recommendations following Fukushima

NEA nuclear law education programmes

NEA joint projects

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

2011 Volume 29, No. 1

2011 Volume 29, No. 1
Complete issue
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Editorial - Luis E. Echávarri, NEA Director-General

Facts and opinions

Fukushima

Policy actions necessary to ensure the security of supply of medical radioisotopes

Regulatory oversight of licensee use of contractors

Reversibility and retrievability in radioactive waste management

NEA updates

Stakeholder involvement in nuclear emergency management

Public involvement in siting nuclear facilities

Current status and economics of small nuclear reactors

International structure for decommissioning costing

Statistical methods for the verification of databases

New publications

Catalogue of new NEA publications

Older editions

Last reviewed: 4 August 2017