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Published on 05/09/2013 • 06:52 pm

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Event notification Exposure incident of a worker rated level 2 on the INES

On 3rd September 2013, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and one of its outside contractors, D&S, notified ASN of an exposure incident of a worker from D&S.

Published on 06/08/2013 • 11:58 am

Information notice

Transport of radioactive material in France

Since 1997, ASN has been responsible for regulating the safety of the transport of radioactive and fissile materials used for civil purposes. ASN's actions in this field comprise from the safety viewpoint, regulating all the stages in the life of a package, from design and manufacture through to maintenance;monitoring compliance with the safety regulations during the shipment and transportation of the packages.

Published on 15/07/2013 • 03:09 pm

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Exceeding of the maximum regulatory annual effective dose

On 6th May 2013, the French nuclear regulatory body (ASN), was informed by the Head of the hospital “Institut Mutualiste Montsouris” that a radiologist performing radio-guided procedures had received an effective dose exceeding the maximum regulatory dose limit of 20 mSv (milliSievert) in twelve consecutive months.

Published on 28/06/2013 • 10:36 am

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Second ENSREG Conference on Nuclear Safety in Europe

ASN took part in the Conference on Nuclear Safety in Europe, held in Brussels, on 11th and 12th June 2013. It was organised at the initiative of ENSREG and was the second event of this type, following that in which ASN took part in 2011.

Published on 26/06/2013 • 11:31 am

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NPP stress tests follow-up report

On 26th April 2012, one year after the Fukushima disaster, a joint declaration by ENSREG, a grouping of the European national safety regulators, and the European Commission, concluded the stress tests exercise on the European NPPs. This declaration underlined the need to implement a general action plan to ensure that these stress tests are followed by national-level measures to improve safety and that these measures are implemented in a consistent manner.

Published on 20/06/2013 • 10:21 am

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Approval of a Guidance document

HERCA, the association of the Heads of European Radiological protection Competent Authorities, approves a guidance document on the implementation of a national radiation passbook and its practical use and a new related version of the radiation passbook.

Published on 05/06/2013 • 12:17 pm

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National doctrine for nuclear post-accident management

Work was started in 2005 under the supervision of ASN, to enable the public authorities to define a strategy for dealing with the health, social and economic consequences of a nuclear accident. They led to the publication of the first policy elements of a national doctrine for post-accident management in areas contaminated by releases from a damaged facility.

Published on 03/06/2013 • 02:15 pm

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ASN and the project of deep geological disposal facility of radioactive waste

ASN is issuing an opinion on three dossiers submitted by ANDRA (French National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management) between 2010 and 2012: the Waste Management Industrial Programme (PIGD); the results of the "seismic 3D"1 reconnaissance campaign carried out in 2010; the studies on the long-term behaviour of spent fuel from EDF reactors under disposal conditions (report issued as part of the PNGMDR (French National Radioactive Material and Waste Management Plan) for 2010-2012;

Published on 22/05/2013 • 03:59 pm

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Follow-up to the nuclear power plant stress tests

ASN presented its national action plan at a seminar organised by ENSREG in Brussels from 22nd to 26th April 2013 for representatives of the European nuclear regulators. Initially published on 20th December 2012, the action plan sets out the measures undertaken further to the Fukushima accident.

Published on 14/05/2013 • 11:23 am

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Third ten-yearly periodic safety review of Fessenheim NPP reactor n°2

ASN instructs EDF to comply with new requirements following the third periodic safety review of Fessenheim NPP reactor n°2, as it had already done for reactor n°1 in 2011.

Published on 30/04/2013 • 06:19 pm

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Accidental exposure of a worker from a contractor of the operator EDF

On 24 April 2103, there has been an accidental exposure of a worker from a contractor of the operator EDF.

Published on 08/03/2013 • 01:44 pm

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Information Letter No.14

In the second half of 2012, ASN conducted several inspections for continued monitoring of the construction of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor and various other manufacturing operations for this reactor. The notable points observed over these last few months are detailed below.

Published on 01/03/2013 • 12:30 pm

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Questions and comments from the public on ENSREG website

In accordance with the ENSREG action plan of 25 July 2012, ASN published a national action plan on 20 December 2012 for implementation of the recommendations resulting from the stress tests performed on Europe's nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Published on 28/02/2013 • 12:04 pm

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Press Release on HERCA-DAP (Dose Area Product) display proposal

On the occasion of the 10th meeting of the Board of Heads of HERCA (Paris, 30-31 October 2012), a proposal for harmonization of DAP (Dose Area Product) units in general and in interventional radiology has been approved.

Published on 30/01/2013 • 10:30 am

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Appointement of Dr. Jean-Christophe Niel

Jean-Christophe Niel, Director-General of the ASN, has been appointed Chair of the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). This election took place during the 28th CNRA meeting which was held on 3-4 December 2012 at the NEA in the Paris area. Jean-Christophe Niel succeeds Mike Weightman, Chief Inspector of the British nuclear regulatory body (HSE/ONR).