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Published on 18/11/2019 • 03:24 pm

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ASN promotes initiatives in favour of justifying imaging examinations in France

In France, medical applications represent the primary source of artificial exposure of the public to ionising radiation. This exposure is rising, mainly owing to the increasing number of computed tomography examinations.

Published on 14/11/2019 • 05:54 pm

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Consequences of the earthquake in the Rhone valley

On 11 November 2019, at about 12h, an earthquake struck the Rhone valley. ASN mobilised its personnel to conduct a review with all the licensees operating nuclear facilities in the region. It contacted the national and local public authorities, more particularly the Prefect’s offices of the Drôme and Ardèche départements.

Published on 06/11/2019 • 10:00 am

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Olivier Gupta is elected Chair of WENRA

Olivier Gupta, ASN Director General, has just been elected Chair of WENRA (Western European Nuclear Regulators’ Association ) , by his European peers. He will be assisted by two Vice-Chairs, Petteri Tiippana, Director General of the Finnish nuclear regulator, and Mark Foy, Chief Inspector of the United Kingdom's Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

Published on 29/10/2019 • 12:48 pm

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Manufacturing deviation at Framatome stress-relieving heat treatment of welds

On 9th September 2019, EDF informed ASN of a deviation concerning the manufacture of nuclear pressure equipment installed in its reactors, and primarily steam generators. During the stress-relieving heat treatment applied to the welds made to assemble nuclear pressure equipment components, the required temperature range has not been respected over the entire area to treat.

Published on 22/10/2019 • 12:56 pm

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IAEA General Conference in Vienna (Austria)

Bernard Doroszczuk, ASN Chairman, and several members of the ASN Commission and Director General’s office, took part in various meetings with the heads of the nuclear safety regulators organised in Vienna from 16 to 20 September 2019, in the margins of the IAEA General Conference.

Published on 22/10/2019 • 12:06 pm

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Fourth periodic safety reviews of the 1300 MWe reactors

ASN submits for public consultation its draft position statement on the orientations of the generic phase of the fourth periodic safety reviews of the 1300 MWe reactors operated by EDF.

Published on 22/10/2019 • 11:43 am

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French national report for the Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety 2020

The eighth French national report drawn up in preparation for the Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety to be held in 2020 was published 9 August 2019.

Published on 11/10/2019 • 03:28 pm

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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

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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 20/09/2019 • 02:36 pm

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Flamanville NPP 1 and 2: ASN places the site under reinforced surveillance

ASN has decided to place the Flamanville NPP under reinforced surveillance in the light of the difficulties encountered by EDF on this NPP since mid-2018.

Published on 20/08/2019 • 10:00 am

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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 12/08/2019 • 03:14 pm

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Extension of the off-site emergency plans around the french nuclear power plants

The extension of the radius of the Off-site Emergency Plan from 10 to 20 km, decided on by the Government, aims to optimise the response by the authorities, raise the awareness of the public and prepare them for the eventuality of a nuclear alert.

Published on 05/08/2019 • 03:13 pm

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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 • 12:02 pm

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ASN requires additional reinforcement of the embankment protecting the Tricastin NPP

In a resolution dated 25th June 2019, ASN requires that EDF carry out additional reinforcements on a portion of the Donzère-Mondragon canal embankment protecting the Tricastin nuclear power plant (NPP) and ensure that this portion of the embankment is monitored.

Published on 29/07/2019 • 11:50 am

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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.