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Published on 19/12/2014 • 10:00 am

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ASN authorises limited continued operation of the EOLE and MINERVE experimental reactors

ASN analysed the report presenting the conclusions of the second periodic safety review of basic nuclear installations (BNI) 42 and 95, named EOLE and MINERVE, two critical mock-up type experimental reactors operated by CEA and situated in the same building of the Cadarache centre (Bouches-du-Rhône département).

Published on 28/11/2014 • 05:00 pm

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The French nuclear safety and radiation protection oversight system was evaluated by IAEA

From 17th to 28th November 2014, ASN hosted an IAEA peer review mission. This Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission concerned all the activities monitored and regulated by ASN. It examined the strengths and weaknesses of the French nuclear safety and radiation protection oversight system with respect to IAEA safety standards.

Published on 27/11/2014 • 04:00 pm

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HERCA and WENRA propose a European approach for the management of nuclear emergency situations

During their joint meeting of 21st October 2014, the associations HERCA (Heads of European radiological Protection Competent Authorities) and WENRA (Western European Nuclear Regulators' Association) adopted a joint position aiming to improve management and cross-border coordination in emergency situations.

Published on 25/11/2014 • 10:30 am

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ASN presents the French approach to the decommissioning of nuclear facilities

On 7th November 2014, Mr Masuda, TEPCO’s Head of decommissioning operations for reactors 1 to 4 of the Fukushima Daiichi NPP, met Philippe Jamet, ASN commissioner, and Fabien Schiltz, director of ASN’s Waste, Research Facilities and Fuel Cycle Facilities Department, in charge of decommissioning issues for the installations concerned in France.

Published on 24/11/2014 • 10:00 am

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New European Approach for cross-border Emergency Preparedness

The heads of the national nuclear and radiation safety regulators in Europe have developed and agreed on a new approach to further improve the response and cross-border coordination for all types of possible accident scenarios including severe accidents, like the one in Fukushima. It contains overarching principles and provides an incentive for joint actions between neighbouring countries. The regulators have committed to engage a cooperation at national level with the competent authorities in charge of civil protection for the implementation of the corresponding measures.

Published on 17/11/2014 • 03:20 pm

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Information Letter No.16

In the second half of 2013 and early 2014, ASN carried out a number of inspections to continue its monitoring of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor construction site and the various items being manufactured for it. The significant points over these recent months are detailed below.

Published on 13/11/2014 • 03:15 pm

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Reducing the average concentration of radon in European countries

Under a joint initiative from ASN and NRPA, 20 European countries, represented by authorities in charge of Radiation Protection, Health, Labour and Housing and Landscaping were brought together during a workshop on national radon action plans.

Published on 15/10/2014 • 02:00 pm

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French National Report established for the Fifth Review Meeting of the Joint Convention

The Fifth triennial meeting of the Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste (or Joint Convention) will be held from 11 to 22 May 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

Published on 08/10/2014 • 12:00 pm

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Meeting between European radiation protection authorities and major stakeholders

On 26 September 2014 HERCA organised a multi stakeholder meeting kindly hosted by the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control in its premises in Brussels.

Published on 04/09/2014 • 02:50 pm

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Uranium hexafluoride transport packaging: inspection method

On 18th December 2013, ASN was informed by Areva NC of the discovery of a lifting lug weld that had separated from a 48Y cylinder stored on the Pierrelatte site (Drôme département).

Published on 06/08/2014 • 05:00 pm

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ASN renews the mandate of the members of its Scientific Committee

By Resolution 2014-0438 of 8th July 2014, the ASN Commission has renewed for four years the mandate of the eight members of the Scientific Committee, appointed on the basis of their technical or scientific competence. The main task of the ASN Scientific Committee, which was created in May 2010, is to examine and give its opinion on the research work to be carried out or to be taken to greater depth in the areas of nuclear safety and radiation protection. Indeed, ASN wishes to ensure that the lines of research it has identified are effectively taken into account in the nuclear safety and radiation protection research orientations defined by its technical support organisation IRSN (French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety), by the licensees and by the other actors of French research (universities, industry).

Published on 30/07/2014 • 02:00 pm

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ASN rates the incident level 2 on the INES scale

On 16th July 2014, the Director of the regional agency of the Welding Institute of Latresne (Gironde département) informed ASN of the accidental exposure of a worker to ionising radiation on 11th June 2014.

Published on 08/07/2014 • 10:20 am

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The European Union member States propose a revision of the Nuclear Safety Directive

ASN is very pleased with the agreement reached on Wednesday 11th June between the permanent representatives of the 28 member States of the European Union on the proposed revision of the directive establishing a community framework for the safety of nuclear installations The proposal is still to be formally adopted by the Council of the European Union Ministers at a meeting scheduled for 8th July 2014.

Published on 07/07/2014 • 02:00 pm

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ASN gives a level 2 rating on the INES scale to an incident

On 18th April 2014, ASN was informed by the DCNS of an incident which occurred during the night of 17th to 18th April 2014 during radiographic inspections on the Nantes – Indret à La Montagne site (département 44). A team consisting of an operator from the OTECMI company’s Plabennec office (département 29), and an operator from the SGS Qualitest Industrie company’s Harfleur office (département 76), was carrying out radiographic inspections using a gamma ray projector containing a sealed radioactive source of iridium 192 with an activity of 1.95 TBq (terabecquerels) in one of the workshops on the DCNS site.

Published on 02/07/2014 • 04:15 pm

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ASN / NRPA protocol

Ole Harbitz, Director General of the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), and Jean-Christophe Niel, Director General of the ASN, have signed at ASN premises on 2 July 2014 a Protocol on early notification and information exchange in the event of a nuclear or radiological accident or incident.