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Published on 20/12/2013 • 04:17 pm

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EPR reactor : conformity of its heavy lifting gear in EDF nuclear power plants

On 13th December 2013, further to the ASN inspectors’ findings concerning lifting and handling equipment for large components in NPPs, ASN asked EDF to ensure the conformity of this equipment prior to any use

Published on 18/12/2013 • 10:47 am

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Interventional Radiology: ASN gives a level 2 rating on the Ines scale

On 30th May 2013, ASN was informed that the passive dosimeter results for a radiation therapy technician in Saint-Eloi hospital of the Montpellier CHRU had integrated over the last quarter of 2012 an effective dose of 32 mSv. This result is higher than the regulation annual limit set at 20 millisieverts.

Published on 25/11/2013 • 11:00 am

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Supervision of the EPR reactor: Information notice No. 15

In the first half of 2013, ASN continued its monitoring of construction of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor and various other manufacturing operations for this reactor; ASN carried out several inspections. The notable points observed over these last few months are detailed below.

Published on 18/11/2013 • 12:25 pm

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ASN Guide relative to the protection against external flooding

ASN Guide No.13 relative to "the protection of basic nuclear installations against external flooding" is intended for the licensees/applicants and contains recommendations for assessing and quantifying the external flood hazard faced by these facilities and for determining the appropriate means of protection adapted to the specifics of the flooding hazard.

Published on 23/09/2013 • 04:05 pm

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ASN receives ISO 17 020 accreditation

Since 1st July 2013, ASN has been accredited in compliance with ISO/IEC 17 020 as a type A inspection body in the field of manufacturing and in-service monitoring of nuclear pressure equipment.

Published on 18/09/2013 • 04:23 pm

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ASN prepares the sixth Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety

In order to comply with the obligations of the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS), the 6th National Report of France, for which the drafting is coordinated by ASN, has been submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and uploaded on ASN website on 14th August 2013.

Published on 05/09/2013 • 06:52 pm

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Event notification Exposure incident of a worker rated level 2 on the INES

On 3rd September 2013, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and one of its outside contractors, D&S, notified ASN of an exposure incident of a worker from D&S.

Published on 06/08/2013 • 11:58 am

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Transport of radioactive material in France

Since 1997, ASN has been responsible for regulating the safety of the transport of radioactive and fissile materials used for civil purposes. ASN's actions in this field comprise from the safety viewpoint, regulating all the stages in the life of a package, from design and manufacture through to maintenance;monitoring compliance with the safety regulations during the shipment and transportation of the packages.

Published on 15/07/2013 • 03:09 pm

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Exceeding of the maximum regulatory annual effective dose

On 6th May 2013, the French nuclear regulatory body (ASN), was informed by the Head of the hospital “Institut Mutualiste Montsouris” that a radiologist performing radio-guided procedures had received an effective dose exceeding the maximum regulatory dose limit of 20 mSv (milliSievert) in twelve consecutive months.

Published on 28/06/2013 • 10:36 am

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Second ENSREG Conference on Nuclear Safety in Europe

ASN took part in the Conference on Nuclear Safety in Europe, held in Brussels, on 11th and 12th June 2013. It was organised at the initiative of ENSREG and was the second event of this type, following that in which ASN took part in 2011.

Published on 26/06/2013 • 11:31 am

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NPP stress tests follow-up report

On 26th April 2012, one year after the Fukushima disaster, a joint declaration by ENSREG, a grouping of the European national safety regulators, and the European Commission, concluded the stress tests exercise on the European NPPs. This declaration underlined the need to implement a general action plan to ensure that these stress tests are followed by national-level measures to improve safety and that these measures are implemented in a consistent manner.

Published on 20/06/2013 • 10:21 am

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Approval of a Guidance document

HERCA, the association of the Heads of European Radiological protection Competent Authorities, approves a guidance document on the implementation of a national radiation passbook and its practical use and a new related version of the radiation passbook.

Published on 05/06/2013 • 12:17 pm

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National doctrine for nuclear post-accident management

Work was started in 2005 under the supervision of ASN, to enable the public authorities to define a strategy for dealing with the health, social and economic consequences of a nuclear accident. They led to the publication of the first policy elements of a national doctrine for post-accident management in areas contaminated by releases from a damaged facility.

Published on 03/06/2013 • 02:15 pm

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ASN and the project of deep geological disposal facility of radioactive waste

ASN is issuing an opinion on three dossiers submitted by ANDRA (French National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management) between 2010 and 2012: the Waste Management Industrial Programme (PIGD); the results of the "seismic 3D"1 reconnaissance campaign carried out in 2010; the studies on the long-term behaviour of spent fuel from EDF reactors under disposal conditions (report issued as part of the PNGMDR (French National Radioactive Material and Waste Management Plan) for 2010-2012;

Published on 22/05/2013 • 03:59 pm

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Follow-up to the nuclear power plant stress tests

ASN presented its national action plan at a seminar organised by ENSREG in Brussels from 22nd to 26th April 2013 for representatives of the European nuclear regulators. Initially published on 20th December 2012, the action plan sets out the measures undertaken further to the Fukushima accident.