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Published on 14/06/2016 • 11:00 am

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Information Letter No.18

In the second half of 2015 and early 2016, ASN continued its oversight actions on the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor construction site and the various manufacturing operations for this reactor. The notable points observed over the last few months are detailed below.

Published on 27/05/2016 • 09:20 am

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ASN Report 2015

On 25th May, ASN presented its report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2015 to Parliament.

Published on 04/05/2016 • 11:00 am

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Irregularities concerning components manufactured in its Creusot Forge plant

Following the detection of an anomaly on the Flamanville EPR reactor vessel, and at the instigation of ASN, AREVA initiated in April 2015 a quality review on the manufacturing work carried out in its Creusot Forge plant. Its conclusions were sent to ASN in October 2015.

Published on 23/04/2016 • 01:11 pm

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Generic guidelines for the periodic safety review

In a letter dated 20 April 2016, ASN stated its position regarding the EDF guidelines file concerning the 4th periodic safety review of the 900 MWe nuclear reactors.

Published on 22/04/2016 • 03:00 pm

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Jean-Christophe Niel is appointed Director-General of IRSN

On 20th April 2016, by decree of the President of the French Republic, Jean-Christophe Niel was appointed Director-General of IRSN, the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety. Jean-Christophe Niel had been the Director-General of ASN since January 2007.

Published on 21/04/2016 • 04:00 pm

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ASN position statement concerning generic guidelines for the periodic safety review

In a letter to EDF dated 20th April 2016, ASN stated its position regarding the EDF guidelines concerning the 4th periodic safety review of the 900 MWe nuclear reactors.

Published on 20/04/2016 • 03:00 pm

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Falsification of materials analysis reports: ASN is collaborating with the ongoing judicial inquiry

On 21st January 2016, a metallurgical analysis laboratory informed ASN that it had found out that the inspection reports it had produced for a French mechanical company situated in the Loire département (42), had been falsified.

Published on 04/04/2016 • 01:30 pm

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Fall of a steam generator in the Paluel reactor 2 building

On 31st March 2016, EDF informed ASN of a fall by a steam generator during handling in the Paluel reactor 2 building.

Published on 18/03/2016 • 12:00 pm

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Maintenance of emergency electricity generators: ASN clarification

Following publication of EDF internal documents concerning maintenance of the emergency electricity generators for its nuclear reactors, ASN makes the following clarifications.

Published on 11/03/2016 • 04:45 pm

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Incident of 9 April 2014 on reactor 1 of the Fessenheim NPP

On 9th April 2014, ASN was informed by EDF that internal flooding in the non-nuclear part of reactor 1 in the Fessenheim nuclear power plant had damaged the safety electrical systems, leading to shutdown of reactor 1.

Published on 01/03/2016 • 03:00 pm

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Corrosion of fission products concentrating evaporators at La Hague

On Thursday 11 February 2016, the ASN Commission called Philippe Knoche, Managing Director, to a hearing concerning the corrosion of the evaporators used to concentrate fission products on the La Hague site in presence of Philippe Varin, Chairman of the Areva group. This equipment, which was designed for an operational life of thirty years, entered into service between 1989 and 1994.

Published on 15/02/2016 • 12:00 pm

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Content of the “safety analysis report” for basic nuclear installations

The “safety analysis report” is the document that the licensee is required to send to ASN to support an application for authorisation to create, commission or decommission a basic nuclear installation (BNI)

Published on 22/01/2016 • 05:45 pm

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The nuclear safety and radiation protection situation is of major concern

On 20 January, through its Chairman, Mr Pierre-Franck Chevet, ASN presented its New Year’s wishes to the press, in its Montrouge headquarters. Mr Pierre-Franck Chevet reviewed the current challenges faced by ASN and the strategic priorities for nuclear safety and radiation protection in 2016.

Published on 12/01/2016 • 04:00 pm

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Cost of the Cigéo project: ASN publishes its opinion on the evaluation proposed by Andra

In accordance with the procedure stipulated in the Environment Code, the Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy is required to determine the reference cost of the Cigéo disposal facility project.

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.