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Published on 12/04/2019 • 09:00 am

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Flamanville EPR reactor

On 9 and 10 April 2019, ASN convened its Advisory Committee for Nuclear Pressure Equipment (GP ESPN) concerning the approach proposed by EDF to deal with the deviations detected in welds on the main steam transfer pipes of the Flamanville EPR reactor. Representatives from the Flamanville CLI, the HCTISN, the ANCCLI and foreign safety regulators concerned by the construction of an EPR reactor attended this session as observers.

Published on 28/03/2019 • 11:03 am

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Decommissioning of the first generation gas-cooled reactors

On 12 February 2019, the ASN Commission gave EDF a hearing so that the licensee could make its observations on the draft resolutions to regulate the decommissioning of six gas-cooled reactors, which have been shut down for about thirty years.

Published on 19/03/2019 • 04:50 pm

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Angers University Hospital nuclear medicine department personnel suffers overexposure of the hands

On 31st January 2019, the Angers University Hospital informed ASN (the French nuclear safety authority) of a significant radiation protection event in which a member of personnel exceeded the regulatory annual limit for exposure to the hands, which is set at 500 millisieverts. The person concerned by this event works in the hospital's nuclear medicine department.

Published on 19/03/2019 • 04:04 pm

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Auxiliary systems of the backup diesel generating sets for the EDF reactors

In 2017, EDF notified a significant safety event concerning the failure to demonstrate the seismic resistance of the civil engineering anchors of the auxiliary systems of the backup diesel generating sets for its 1300 MWe nuclear power reactors. ASN had rated this event level 2 on the INES scale.

Published on 28/02/2019 • 11:12 am

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Flamanville EPR equipment

In a resolution of 25 February 2019, ASN served EDF with formal notice to produce and save proof of qualification of the Flamanville EPR reactor equipment.

Published on 27/02/2019 • 11:14 am

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Quality assurance requirements for certain medical practices that use ionising radiation

In France, medical applications represent the primary source of artificial exposures of the public to ionising radiation. This medical exposure is increasing, mainly due to the increased number of examinations using computed tomography CT scanners. In order to control the doses delivered to patients undergoing medical imaging examinations, and thereby contribute to enhanced safety for the patients, ASN is defining new quality assurance requirements in medical imaging.

Published on 20/02/2019 • 02:17 pm

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ASN publishes in English its recommendations regarding the transport of radioactive substances

ASN publishes in English its recommendations regarding the transport of radioactive substances.

Published on 30/01/2019 • 03:10 pm

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ASN expresses three expectations on the occasion of its New Year’s greetings to the press

On the occasion of the New Year, ASN – through its Chairman Mr. Bernard Doroszczuk – presented its greetings to the press on 29 January, at its Montrouge headquarters.

Published on 28/01/2019 • 05:17 pm

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Visit of Mr Tiippana, DG of the Finnish Nuclear Safety Authority

Petteri Tiippana, recently renewed for a second term as head of the Finnish Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), met on 24 January at ASN headquarters with Bernard Doroszczuk, President of ASN.

Published on 21/01/2019 • 05:31 pm

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Bilateral meeting between ASN and CSN

On 14 January 2019, the ASN Chairman, Mr Bernard Doroszczuk, welcomed, in Montrouge, a delegation of 4 representatives of the Spanish Nuclear Safety Authority (Consejo de seguridad nuclear - CSN), led by its Chairman, Mr. Fernando Marti Scharfhausen.