Published on 11/10/2019 • 03:28 pm
Public dialogue on improving the safety of French 900 MWe nuclear reactors
From 6 September 2018 to 31 March 2019, in accordance with its mission, France’s High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Security (HCTISN) organized a public dialogue on improving the safety of the 900 MWe reactors of the French nuclear fleet in the framework of their 4th periodic safety review*. Support was provided by the main players in nuclear power plant safety : EDF, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), and the National Association of Local Information Committees and Commissions (ANCCLI).
Published on 20/09/2019 • 02:56 pm
Bituminous nuclear waste packages
Nearly 80,000 packages of nuclear waste have been processed by bituminisation since 1966. 50,000 of these bituminous waste packages are in principle to be disposed of in the Cigéo project facility.
Published on 20/08/2019 • 10:00 am
Irregularities detected at the metallurgist Aubert et Duval
In December 2018, Eramet (a French mining and metallurgical group) published on its website a report of nonconformities in the quality management system within its Alloys branch, which includes the company Aubert et Duval. This subsidiary manufactures numerous metallurgical products that enter into the composition of diverse equipment items (studs, pump components, pressure equipment, etc.), some of which are intended for the nuclear industry.
Published on 05/08/2019 • 03:13 pm
Planned centralised spent fuel storage pool
The nuclear power reactors, which produce more than 70% of France's electricity, need to be able to send their spent fuels to a storage location.
Published on 29/07/2019 • 11:50 am
CEA’s decommissioning and materials and waste management strategy
Thirty-nine CEA nuclear facilities have been finally shut down or are being decommissioned. This number has been constantly rising for the past few years. Since the 2000s, ASN and ASND – the Defence Nuclear Safety Authority – have observed significant delays in the decommissioning and waste retrieval and conditioning (RCD) projects.
Published on 11/06/2019 • 02:35 pm
Overexposure of the hands of personnel in a nuclear medicine department
On 6 May 2019, the Réunion Island University Hospital in Saint-Denis notified ASN of a significant event that occurred in its nuclear medicine department. Further to malfunctions affecting an automated injector for radiopharmaceutical, several workers suffered radiation exposure to the hands in an unusual manner.
Published on 27/05/2019 • 01:30 pm
A worker exceeds the regulatory annual radiation exposure limit
On 24 April 2019, ASN, the French nuclear regulator, was informed by the company Eiffage Énergie Système – Clevia Ouest, located in Saint-Grégoire (Ille-et-Vilaine département), of a significant radiation protection event involving a worker who exceeded the regulatory annual ionising radiation exposure limit.
Published on 21/05/2019 • 11:30 am
Information Letter #.21
ASN continued its monitoring of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor construction site and the various manufactured items intended for it. The significant points in 2018 and early 2019 are detailed below; ASN was particularly vigilant with regard to the processing of the deviations detected on the main secondary system welds and the continuation of the reactor start-up tests.