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International Atomic Energy Agency   

Safety Standards

Safety Reports Series

European Commission

Nuclear Issues

Argentina - Autoridad Regulatoria Nuclear                        

Normas Regulatorias

Guías Regulatorias

Brasil - Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear


España - Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear

Reglamentación y Normativa

Uruguay - Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Minería

Normas sobre Radiación Ionizante

Manual de derecho nuclear 
IAEA, 21 August 2006, 202 p.

This publication is a new resource for assessing the adequacy of national legal frameworks governing the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It provides practical guidance for governments in enhancing their laws and regulations, in harmonizing them with internationally recognized standards, and in meeting their obligations under relevant international instruments. This handbook contains concise and authoritative information for teachers (lawyers,

scientists, engineers, health and radiation protection workers and government administrators) on the basic elements of a framework for managing and regulating nuclear energy. 


Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation:
BEIR VII Phase 2 National Research Council , 2006, 424 p.

This book is the seventh in a series of titles from the National Research Council that addresses the effects of exposure to low dose LET (Linear Energy Transfer) ionizing radiation and human health. Updating information previously presented in the 

1990 publication, Health Effects of Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation: BEIR V, this book draws upon new data in both epidemiologic and experimental research. Ionizing radiation arises from both natural and man-made sources and at very high doses can produce damaging effects in human tissue that can be evident within days after exposure. However, it is the low-dose exposures that are the focus of this book. So-called late effects, such as cancer, are produced many years after the initial exposure. This book is among the first of its kind to include detailed risk estimates for cancer incidence in addition to cancer mortality. BEIR VII offers a full review of the available biological, biophysical, and epidemiological literature since the last BEIR report on the subject and develops the most up-to-date and comprehensive risk estimates for cancer and other health effects from exposure to low-level ionizing radiation. Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material 

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Information Digest, 2006-2007 (NUREG-1350, Vol. 18)
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, August 2006, 148 p.

The "U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 2006–2007 Information Digest" (the digest) provides a summary of information about the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), including the agency’s regulatory responsibilities and licensed activities, and general information on domestic and worldwide 

nuclear energy. Published annually, the digest is a compilation of nuclear- and NRC-related data designed to serve as a quick reference to major facts about the agency and the industry it regulates. In general, the data cover up to 2005 or data available at manuscript completion. Information on the generating capacity and average capacity factor for operating U.S. commercial nuclear power reactors is obtained from the NRC, as well as from various industry sources. Industry source information is reviewed by the NRC for consistency only, and no independent validation and/or verification is performed.

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New nuclear? Examining the issues
Fourth Report of Session 2005–06. House of Commons. Trade and Industry Committee. Volume I, Report, together with formal minutes. July 2006, 92 p.

The Government’s decision on the future of the energy sector, and with it the outlook for nuclear power in the UK, is one of the most important issues it has faced in its time in office. The outcome of the 2006 Energy Review will have ramifications

 not just for this generation, but for generations to follow.1 This means it is vital that the Government makes its current assessment on the basis of all the available evidence, with a view to putting in place a framework to safeguard the long-term sustainability of the UK’s energy supply.

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Radiological Protection Issues in Endovascular Use of Radiation Sources
IAEA, 8 March 2006, 43 p.

Endovascular application of suitable radiation sources is one of the treatment modalities to prevent restenosis after percutaneous coronary and peripheral interventions. The procedure is highly interdisciplinary in nature, involving at least one interventionist (e.g. cardiologist, angiologist, radiologist or surgeon), a radiation oncologist and a medical physicist. This publication meets the need to disseminate i

nformation on a number of incidents/events resulting in undue radiation exposure of personnel and patients, with a view to reducing the chances of similar recurrences, or in fact of preventing them. The publication has been written in a straightforward manner and is primarily directed at physicians involved with the use of radioactive sources for endovascular interventions. It will also be useful for medical physicists, radiation oncologists and hospital administrators in introducing to them the types of event that can occur in such applications. It is not meant to exhaustively review dosimetry techniques and quality assurance. 

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Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (Fourth Edition)
IAEA, Training Course Series No.  1, 2006, 454 p.

The IAEA has been publishing Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material since 1961. Meeting its statutory obligation to foster the exchange and training of scientists and experts in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy, the IAEA has developed a standardized approach to transport safety training. This training manual is an

anchor of the standardized approach to training. It is a compendium of training modules for courses related to the different aspects of safety of transport of radioactive material. Keeping in view the specific needs of the potential users, the manual includes material that can be used for a variety of training programmes of duration ranging from half-a-day to ten days, for specific audiences such as competent authority personnel, public authorities, emergency response personnel and cargo handlers. 

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Brazil: A Country Profile on Sustainable Energy Development 
IAEA, 1 September 2006, 252 p.

This publication is the product of an international effort to develop a novel approach for the comprehensive assessment of national energy systems within a sustainable development context. The study represents the first of a series of national studies being conducted through a partnership initiative under the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the United Nations Commission on

Sustainable Development. The study comprises a quantitative and qualitative analysis of Brazil's energy needs, supply and security; domestic resources; technology development and innovation; and alternative future scenarios taking into consideration sustainable development criteria and goals defined by Brazilian experts. Social, economic and environmental issues and trends are examined in detail using statistical analysis of historical data, integrated demand and supply modelling systems and Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development. The quantitative assessment is complemented by discussions of major institutional and infrastructural considerations. The report summarizes the analyses, identifies major energy priority areas for Brazil and explores policy options useful to decision makers and specialists in energy and the environment.

Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Status; 3. Domestic Energy Resources; 4. Indigenous and Adapted Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency; 5. Energy and Economic Development; 6. Energy, the Environment and Health; 7. Energy and Social Issues; 8. Energy Security; 9. Policy Options for Sustainable Energy Development; 10. Scenarios; 11. Conclusions and Lessons Learned. 



International Nuclear Law in the Post-Chernobyl Period
OECD Nuclear Energy Agency  and International Energy Agency, 2006, 241 p.

 The accident which took place on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine was to have a decisive influence on the development of international nuclear law over the following two decades. Within six months of the accident, a

convention on early notification of a nuclear accident and a convention on assistance in the event of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency were negotiated and adopted under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency. In 1988, a joint protocol forming a bridge between the two existing international nuclear liability regimes was established. 1994 saw the adoption of a convention establishing international benchmarks for nuclear safety, followed by a convention on the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management in 1997. The existing international regimes governing liability for nuclear damage have been significantly reinforced and a new global regime created. The purpose of this compendium, jointly produced by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency, is to provide thoughtful analysis on each of the above instruments, demonstrating the extent to which progress has been made and identifying areas in which further improvement would be desirable. It reproduces a number of articles which have been published in the OECD/NEA Nuclear Law Bulletin, accompanied by some previously unpublished works. It also summarises the practical steps taken by the respective international organisations that support the international legal framework.

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Second European International Radiation Protection Association IRPA Congress on Radiation Projections
Proceeding of Full Papers, IRPA, 15-19 May 2006, Paris

The Second European International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) Congress to be held in Paris, from May 15 th to May 19 th 2006, will be organised by the French Society for Radiation Protection (SFRP).This European Congress, a global forum on the Radiological Protection field, will be a

unique opportunity to present papers on and debate about all those subjects which will determine the future of this speciality, ranging from the scientific data and questions about biological radiation effects, to the regulation and practice of radiation protection.

This includes the control of exposure to natural radiation, to professional and medical radiations, the evolution of the radiological protection system, the protection against non-ionising radiations and the participation of the public with respect to more sensitive questions. This multidisciplinary approach,which covers a broad panel of skills, gives us the opportunity to propose to you a “Radiation Protection: from Knowledge to Action ” tour.

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IAEA Safety Glossary: Version 2.0
IAEA, September 2006, 193 p.

The IAEA Safety Glossary defines and explains technical terms used in IAEA safety standards and other safety related IAEA publications, and provides information on their usage. It has been in use as Version 1.0 since April 2000. Version 2.0 was issued in September 2006.

The Safety Glossary provides guidance primarily for the drafters and reviewers of safety standards and 

other publications, including IAEA technical officers and consultants and members of technical committees, advisory groups, working groups and bodies for the endorsement of safety standards.

The primary purpose of the Safety Glossary is to harmonize terminology and usage in the IAEA safety standards and in their application and in the work of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security generally.

Users of the Safety Glossary, in particular drafters of national legislation, should be aware that the terms included have been chosen and the definitions and explanations given have been drafted for this purpose. Terminology and usage may differ in other contexts, such as in the publications of other organizations and in binding international legal instruments.

The Safety Glossary is also a source of information for other Agency staff — notably writers, editors, translators, revisers and interpreters — and for users of IAEA safety standards and other safety related IAEA publications.

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