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Published on 17/12/2015 • 05:00 pm

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Flamanville 3 EPR: ASN has no objection to the initiation of a new test programme

On 12 December 2015, ASN issued a position statement concerning the approach used to demonstrate the mechanical properties of the Flamanville 3 EPR vessel closure head and bottom head proposed by Areva.

Published on 23/10/2015 • 01:00 pm

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Bordeaux University: discovery of radioactive sources and incidental exposure of persons

On 18 September 2015, Bordeaux University - Carreire Campus - informed ASN of the discovery of two radioactive sources in a room in the INSERM laboratory.

Published on 19/10/2015 • 11:30 am

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Flamanville EPR reactor vessel

ASN convened the Advisory Committee concerning the anomaly affecting the Flamanville EPR reactor vessel

Published on 28/08/2015 • 10:50 am

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Nuclear power plant at Le Blayais: Irradiation of a worker during the scheduled outage of reactor 4

On 21st August 2015, ASN was informed by EDF of the accidental exposure of a worker from an EDF contractor to a dose of ionising radiation exceeding the regulation limit.

Published on 26/08/2015 • 06:30 am

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Flamanville reactor 2 incident: EDF decided to lift its emergency plan with ASN’s approval

EDFs’ workers inspected the involved smoke emission room of the reactor n° 2 of the Flamanville NPP. The results of the inspection put forward that the emergency situation shall not be maintained, EDF decided to lift its emergency plan with ASN’s approval.

Published on 26/08/2015 • 06:00 am

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Flamanville reactor 2 incident: the ASN has activated its national emergency center

On 26 August 2015 at 2:15 am, EDF activated its emergency plan at the Flamanville nuclear power plant as consequence of smoke emission from the nuclear auxiliary building of the reactor n° 2 which has been shut down for maintenance. The involved installation is used for the treatment of radioactive waste.

Published on 19/08/2015 • 10:00 am

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Over-exposure of a female operator of an industrial radiography contractor

On 31st July 2015, a female operator of the Colomiers agency of the company Apave Sudeurope was accidentally exposed in the agency's bunker to radiation emitted by an X-ray generator used for industrial radiography.

Published on 31/07/2015 • 10:00 am

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Background to the discovery of the anomaly affecting the Flamanville EPR reactor vessel

On 7th April 2015, ASN made public the discovery of an anomaly in the composition of the steel in certain zones of the vessel closure head and the vessel bottom head of the Flamanville EPR reactor.

Published on 22/07/2015 • 04:20 pm

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HERCA Workshop Implementation of RRPE & RPO

The Heads of the European Radiation protection Competent Authorities (HERCA) have organised on 6-8 July 2015, a workshop kindly hosted by the French nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) in its premises in Montrouge (France) on the implementation of Radiation Protection Expert (RPE) and Radiation Protection Officer (RPO).

Published on 17/07/2015 • 10:30 am

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Safety of EDF 1300 MWe reactors up to their fourth periodic safety review

In a letter from its Chairman, Pierre-Franck Chevet, dated 20th March 2015, ASN informed EDF that it has not at this stage identified any generic elements liable to compromise EDF’s capability to satisfactorily control the safety of its 1300 MWe reactors up to the periodic safety review associated with their fourth ten-year inspection.

Published on 16/07/2015 • 05:00 pm

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Flamanville 3 EPR commissioning authorisation application file

On 19th March 2015, ASN received the commissioning authorisation application and the partial commissioning authorisation application for the Flamanville 3 reactor submitted by EDF. Article L. 593-11 of the Environment Code effectively stipulates that ASN shall make the authorisation decision under the conditions defined by the decree of 2nd November 2007.

Published on 30/06/2015 • 03:00 pm

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Yukiya Amano (IAEA) met Pierre-Franck Chevet, Chairman of ASN.

During his visit to France, Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met the ASN Chairman, Pierre-Franck Chevet, on 27th May at the ASN headquarters.

Published on 23/06/2015 • 05:30 pm

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EPR Information Letter No.17

In the second half of 2014 and early 2015, ASN continued its monitoring of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor and the various manufacturing operations for this reactor. The notable points observed over these last few months are detailed below

Published on 12/06/2015 • 10:00 am

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Cattenom NPP reactor 1: emergency organisation and conducted a reactive inspection on the site

On 28th May 2015, reactor 1 in the Cattenom NPP was kept at a nuclear power close of 2% of its rated power, after completing the restart tests which followed its outage for maintenance and partial refuelling .

Published on 28/05/2015 • 06:30 pm

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End of the incident at nuclear power plant of Cattenom (Moselle)

The incident which affected reactor No. 1 at Cattenom nuclear power plant (Moselle) has been terminated. The reactor is shut down and being cooled normally. EDF has exited its emergency plan and French national emergency organizations have been deactivated.