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Published on 03/05/2018 • 04:30 pm

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Information Letter No.20

ASN continued its monitoring of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor construction site and the various manufactured items intended for it. The significant points for 2017 and early 2018 are detailed below; ASN was particularly vigilant with regard to start-up testing activities, which were ramped up during the course of the past year.

Published on 27/04/2018 • 11:35 am

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Overexposure of two practitioners at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital (Paris)

On 14 November 2017 the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital Group (Paris) notified ASN of two significant radiation protection events affecting a resident physician and a head of clinic respectively while performing interventional procedures in neuroradiology.

Published on 13/04/2018 • 09:21 am

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ASN Report on the State of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection in France in 2017

On 12th April, ASN presented its report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2017 to the National Assembly’s Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST). This report was handed over to the Presidents of the Senate and the National Assembly, and to the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister. It is published today on

Published on 12/04/2018 • 05:32 pm

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Significant radiation protection event at the Le Mans Hospital: ASN conducted an inspection

On 8th March 2018, the Le Mans Hospital notified ASN of a significant radiation protection event concerning a pregnant woman who underwent a computed tomography (CT) scan during the night of 6th March 2018.

Published on 11/04/2018 • 04:30 pm

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Flamanville EPR reactor: ASN inspection on 10th April 2018

On 10th April 2018, ASN carried out an inspection on the Flamanville EPR reactor construction site to examine how the welds on the main secondary systems were checked following EDF’s discovery of welding flaws, which had not been detected during the manufacturing checks.

Published on 22/03/2018 • 10:00 am

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Advisory Committees for nuclear safety: call for candidate applications

In order to prepare its resolutions which have the most significant nuclear safety and radiation protection implications, ASN requests opinions and recommendations from the Advisory Committees of experts (GPE) that report to it.

Published on 14/03/2018 • 11:10 am

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Fessenheim NPP reactor 2

On 12th March 2018, ASN lifted its suspension of the pressure test certificate of steam generator N° 335, installed on Fessenheim NPP reactor 2.

Published on 28/02/2018 • 02:11 pm

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Flamanville EPR reactor project

On 7th February 2018 the ASN Commission heard EDF and Framatome management on the Flamanville EPR reactor project.

Published on 15/02/2018 • 02:22 pm

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A radiologist suffers radiation overexposure of the hands

On 20 October 2017, the Delafontaine Hospital Centre (Saint-Denis, France - 93 200) notified ASN of a significant radiation protection event affecting a radiologist performing fluoroscopy-guided interventional practices using a scanner.

Published on 08/02/2018 • 04:10 pm

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Management of radioactive waste in France - examined in depth under the auspices of the IAEA

From 15 to 24 January 2018, a delegation of 10 international experts working under the auspices of the IAEA examined the organisation of radioactive waste management in France. The experts met teams from the DGEC1, ASN, the DGPR2, IRSN, Andra, and the radioactive waste producers.

Published on 02/02/2018 • 01:26 pm

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ASN presented its New Year’s wishes to the press

On 29th January, through its Chairman, Mr Pierre-Franck Chevet, ASN presented its New Year’s wishes to the press in its Montrouge headquarters.

Published on 25/01/2018 • 05:08 pm

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Creusot Forge plant: production to resume

ASN informed Framatome and EDF that it considers that the steps taken at the Creusot Forge plant allow the production of components intended for French nuclear facilities to resume under certain conditions, more particularly, the surveillance of the activities.

Published on 22/01/2018 • 05:48 pm

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Earthquake resistance of the EDF reactor emergency diesel generator sets

In 2017, EDF notified two events significant for safety which occurred on the emergency diesel generator sets of its nuclear power reactors. ASN rated these two events level 2 on the INES scale.

Published on 16/01/2018 • 10:30 am

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ASN considers that the Cigeo safety options constitute a significant step forwards

In April 2016, Andra sent ASN the safety options file (DOS) for the Cigeo radioactive waste deep disposal project. Submission of a DOS means that the project becomes part of a process governed by the regulations concerning basic nuclear installations (BNI), more specifically by article 6 of the decree of 2 November 2007.