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The Role of Nuclear Power in Europe
World Energy Council, January 2007, 133 p.

Energy is and will remain one of the major global concerns of the 21st century and Europe is no exception. With global energy demand expected to grow strongly in the coming years, important questions are now being raised over the future of energy supplies, the economic competitiveness of different energy sources and the associated environmental impacts.

A World Energy Council working group consisting of 29 experts from Europe’s electricity industry, lead by Mr. Alessandro Clerici, Senior Consultant to the chairman of ABB, have been investigating the role that nuclear power production currently plays within the European energy scene. Far more interesting, however, is the analysis provided of the role it needs to play in Europe’s future.

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Improving Animal Productivity by Supplementary Feeding of Multinutrient Blocks, Controlling Internal Parasites and Enhancing Utilization of Alternate Feed Resources  
IAEA,2006, 287 p.

A major constraint to livestock production in developing countries is the scarcity and fluctuating quantity and quality of the year-round feed supply. Livestock are fed mainly on low quality agro-industrial by-products. The addition of foliage from tree leaves or supplementation with seed meals or even urea in the form of urea molasses multination

 blocks can improve the utilization of low quality roughages mainly through the supply of nitrogen to rumen microbes. This publication presents results from the nutritional component of a project devoted to improving animal productivity and reproductive efficiency. This publication is an excellent reference source for researchers, students and extension workers and will help improve the utilization of feed resources and enhance animal productivity to meet the challenges imposed by the ‘livestock revolution’ taking place in developing countries. 

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R&D relative aux accidents graves dans les réacteurs à eau pressurisée: Bilan et perspectives
IRSN, CEA, 2006, 226 p.

Un accident grave est un accident au cours duquel le combustible d’un réacteur électronucléaire est significativement dégradé par une fusion plus ou moins complète des assemblages combustibles. La recherche sur les accidents graves touche à un vaste ensemble de sujets scientifiques et techniques. Afin d’en présenter une approche globale, l’IRSN a établi, en collaboration avec le

CEA et avec le soutien d’EDF, un rapport visant à exposer, pour chaque sujet, un état des connaissances et des travaux de recherche réalisés en France ou à l’étranger. Ce rapport a été présenté, le 12 octobre 2006, au Groupe Permanent d’experts pour les Réacteurs nucléaires placé auprès du Directeur Général de la Sûreté Nucléaire et de la Radioprotection ; il sera traduit en langue anglaise.

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Safety of Radioactive Waste Disposal Proceedings of an International Conference held in Tokyo, Japan, 3-7 October 2005
IAEA, 2006, 551 p.

This conference is the latest in the series organized by the IAEA on the subject of radioactive waste safety. Demonstrating the safety of radioactive waste disposal remains a challenging issue, from both technical and socio political perspectives, and is receiving increasing scrutiny throughout the world. The conference discussed the

emerging global nuclear safety regime and its implications for radioactive waste management — in particular the impact of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, the international safety standards and national waste management policies. High on the agenda was the concept of the safety case and its use, together with supporting safety assessments. The whole range of disposal concepts were discussed as was the regulatory review and approval process and stakeholder involvement. The conference proceedings reports the various sessions and includes the presentations together with concluding summaries from the session chairs and the conference president. 

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Uranium Mining, Processing and Nuclear Energy – Opportunities for Australia?
Commonwealth of Australia, 2006, 272 p.

On 6 June 2006, the Prime Minister announced the appointment of a Taskforce to undertake an objective, scientific and comprehensive review of uranium mining, processing and nuclear energy. The Taskforce released a draft report for public comment on 21 November 2006 after considering more than 230 submissions, information and analysis from commissioned specialist studies, and

undertaking extensive consultations in Australia and overseas. The draft report was reviewed by an expert panel chaired by the Chief Scientist of Australia, Dr Jim Peacock. Many interested members of the public also provided feedback on the draft report over the period 21 November to 12 December 2006. The report has been modified and extended in the light of the feedback received on the draft report. The final report also includes nine new technical appendices which provide detailed information on various aspects of nuclear energy.

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Draft Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection ICRP, 12 January 2007, 104 p.

The work of an ICRP Task Group is nearing completion. The report of the Task Group addresses Radiological Protection in Medicine. This summary constitutes a building block underpinning the imminent next fundamental Recommendations of ICRP, and can also be seen as amending and updating ICRP Publication 73.

The draft is posted for consultation on our comments page -

on that page, just to the right of the Document drop-down menu, please click 'view document' to download it! We would appreciate your comments no later than Friday 6 April, 2007.  

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International Reactor Dosimetry File 2002 (IRDF-2002)
IAEA, 2006, 162 p.

An updated, tested and standardized reactor dosimetry cross-section database with associated uncertainty data and relevant decay data has been assembled to create a new data library for use in assessments of the service life of reactor pressure vessels. The resulting IRDF-2002 data library is available on CD-ROM and through the Internet, and the selection procedure and contents are described in this

publication. This set of recommended high-quality data is also appropriate for use in other neutron metrology applications, such as boron neutron capture therapy, therapeutic use of radioisotopes, nuclear physics measurements and reactor safety studies.

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