Nuclear Law Bulletin

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Annual
ISSN :
1609-7378 (online)
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0304-341X (print)
DOI :
10.1787/16097378
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Published twice a year, the Nuclear Law Bulletin covers legislative developments in almost 60 countries around the world as well as reporting on relevant jurisprudence and administrative decisions, bilateral and international agreements and regulatory activities of international organisations.

Each issue typically includes the following sections: Articles, Case Law, National Legislative and Regulatory Activities, International Regulatory Activities, Agreements, News Briefs, and a Supplement.

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Volume 2011, Issue 2 You do not have access to this content

Publication Date :
23 Jan 2012
DOI :
10.1787/nuclear_law-v2011-2-en
Also available in: French

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The status of radioactive waste repository development in the United States – December 2011
David R. Hill
The current state of affairs concerning development in the United States of a permanent repository for disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW) is, in a word, uncertain. The President of the United States has asserted that he believes licensing and development of the Yucca Mountain repository should be abandoned, while other important parties believe licensing and development should continue. And not surprisingly, there is a disagreement as to what the law requires and whether the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain repository can be terminated at this point, even if the President would like for that to happen. The future of Yucca Mountain, and the future of radioactive waste disposal in the United States generally, currently are pending before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and eventually the Supreme Court of the United States may decide some of the important legal issues concerning Yucca Mountain’s future. The November 2012 US elections also likely will have a significant impact on future radioactive waste repository development.
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The Radioactive Waste Directive
Ute Blohm-Hieber
Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom of 19 July 2011 establishing a Community framework for the responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste1 (Waste Directive) was adopted with the support of all member states of the European Union. Following the adoption of the Council Directive establishing a Community framework for the nuclear safety of nuclear installations in 2009 (Safety Directive), the Waste Directive represents another important step towards building and strengthening the most advanced possible legal framework for nuclear energy in Europe.
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The continuing role of item-specific agreements in the IAEA safeguards system
Cristian DeFrancia
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) "safeguards system" serves as the foundation of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, under which the IAEA acts as an auditor, monitor and inspector of state-administered nuclear energy programmes. The system consists of agreements and practices that enable the IAEA to gain a clear picture of a state’s nuclear activities in order to provide credible assurances that nuclear energy is used for exclusively peaceful purposes.
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    http://oecd.metastore.ingenta.com/content/6711021ec004.pdf
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Fukushima
Ximena Vásquez-Maignan
On 11 March 2011, Japan endured one of the worst natural disasters in its history when a massive earthquake struck the Pacific coast of the country and was followed by a tsunami which led to considerable loss of lives. It also led to a major accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Soon afterwards, the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), assumed responsibility and liability for the nuclear accident. On 28 April 2011, TEPCO established a dedicated contact line to provide consulting services for financial compensation related to the damage caused.
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Case law
OECD, NEA

Canada
Judicial review of Darlington new nuclear power plant project
Appeal decision upholding criminal convictions related to attempt to export nuclear-related dual-use items to Iran: Her Majesty the Queen v. Yadegari

European Commission
Greenland cases

France
Chernobyl accident – decision of dismissal of the Court of Appeal of Paris

Slovak Republic
Aarhus Convention compliance update

United States
Judgement of a US court of appeals upholding the NRC’s dismissal of challenges to the renewal of the operating licence for Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station

  23 Jan 2012 Click to Access: 
    http://oecd.metastore.ingenta.com/content/6711021ec006.pdf
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National legislative and regulatory activities
OECD, NEA

Bulgaria
General legislation 

Czech Republic
General legislation

France 
General legislation 
Regulatory infrastructure and activity

Germany 
General legislation 

India 
Liability and compensation 
Organisation and structure

Ireland 
Radiation protection 
General legislation 

Korea (Republic of) 
Organisation and structure 

Lithuania 
Regulatory infrastructure and activity 
Radioactive waste management 
Radiation protection 
International co-operation 
Nuclear safety 

Poland 
General legislation

Romania
Environmental protection

Russian Federation
Radioactive waste management

Slovenia
Nuclear safety

Spain
Liability and compensation
Nuclear security

Sweden
Nuclear safety

Turkey
Radiation protection
Regulatory infrastructure and activity
Nuclear safety
Liability and compensation

United States
General legislation

  23 Jan 2012 Click to Access: 
    http://oecd.metastore.ingenta.com/content/6711021ec007.pdf
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Intergovernmental organisation activities
OECD, NEA

European Atomic Energy Community 
Adopted legislative instruments 
Reports 
Meetings 

International Atomic Energy Agency 
IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety 
Non-binding instrument on the transboundary movement of scrap metal
55th IAEA General Conference
Basic Safety Standards
Nuclear Law Institute

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
Basic Safety Standards
International Nuclear Law Essentials
International School of Nuclear Law
New members
Russian Federation request for membership

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    http://oecd.metastore.ingenta.com/content/6711021ec008.pdf
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Multilateral agreements
OECD, NEA

This article describes the status of nuclear multilateral agreements in force as of December 2011.

  23 Jan 2012 Click to Access: 
    http://oecd.metastore.ingenta.com/content/6711021ec009.pdf
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Documents and legal texts
OECD, NEA

European Union 
Council Directive 2011/70/EURATOM of 19 July 2011 establishing a Community framework for the responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste 

India 
The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act 
Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Rules 

Republic of Korea 
Act on Establishment and Operation of Nuclear Safety Commission

Russian Federation
Federal Law on the Management of Radioactive Wastes and amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation

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