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Published on 21/12/2018 • 09:54 am

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ASN renews the Advisory Committees for nuclear safety

In the exercise of its duties, ASN coordinates technical investigations which lead to resolutions and opinions. These investigations draw on internal and external expertise, this latter being primarily the responsibility of IRSN, in its capacity as the ASN technical support organisation.

Published on 27/11/2018 • 04:32 pm

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ASN delivers its opinion on the overall consistency of the nuclear fuel cycle in France

The "nuclear fuel cycle" comprises the fabrication of the nuclear fuel used in the nuclear power plant reactors, its storage and its reprocessing after irradiation. Several licensees are involved in the cycle: Orano Cycle, Framatome, EDF and Andra.

Published on 14/11/2018 • 10:03 am

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Bernard Doroszczuk appointed ASN Chairman

By decree of the President of the Republic, dated 13 November 2018, Bernard Doroszczuk is appointed Chairman of ASN for a period of 6 years. He succeeds Pierre-Franck Chevet, who was appointed ASN Chairman in 2012 and whose mandate came to an end on 12 November 2018.

Published on 06/11/2018 • 09:17 am

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ASN defines the rules applicable to the conditioning of radioactive waste

ASN resolution 2017-DC-0587 of 23 March 2017 defines the rules applicable to the conditioning of radioactive waste and the conditions for acceptance of radioactive waste packages in disposal BNIs.

Published on 18/10/2018 • 03:27 pm

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Flamanville EPR reactor pressure vessel

On 9th October 2018, ASN authorised the commissioning and operation of the Flamanville EPR reactor pressure vessel, subject to the performance of a test programme to monitor the thermal ageing of the steel in the residual carbon positive macro-segregation zone, plus specific inspections during operation of the facility.

Published on 09/10/2018 • 06:45 pm

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The ASN Chairman completes his mandate at the head of ENSREG

On 4 October 2018, the ASN Chairman, Mr Pierre-Franck Chevet chaired his last (extraordinary) ENSREG meeting in Brussels.

Published on 28/09/2018 • 12:08 pm

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6th bilateral meeting between ASN and the Japanese nuclear safety regulator (NRA)

An ASN delegation headed by its Chairman, Pierre-Franck Chevet, went to Japan to take part in the 6th bilateral meeting with the Japanese nuclear safety regulator (NRA). This meeting was held on 3rd and 4th September 2018 in Tokyo.

Published on 28/09/2018 • 11:49 am

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The ASN Chairman at the 62nd IAEA General Conference

On 18th September 2018, the ASN Chairman, Pierre-Franck Chevet, went to the 62nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Published on 25/07/2018 • 04:02 pm

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Welding of the main steam transfer pipes of the Flamanville EPR reactor

ASN has informed EDF of the conditions for resuming certain welding operations on the main steam transfer pipes of the Flamanville EPR reactor. The welding operations involved are restricted to those performed using the "TIG orbital" process[1] which enables high mechanical performance to be achieved.

Published on 29/06/2018 • 10:15 am

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Bilateral meeting with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

On 6th June 2018, ASN received a delegation of five representatives of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), led by its Executive Director for Operations, Victor McCree.

Published on 13/06/2018 • 12:22 pm

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Protection of the public, patients and workers in the field of nuclear activities

On 05 June 2018, two decrees concerning the protection of workers against the risks arising from ionising radiation and one decree containing various nuclear provisions were published in the Official Gazette. In particular, these decrees transpose the Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December 2013 laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation. They more specifically modify the regulatory parts of the Labour, Public Health, Environment and Defence Codes, and thus supplement the regulatory oversight of certain nuclear activities

Published on 08/06/2018 • 10:06 am

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ASN reviews the steps taken to deal with counterfeit, suspect and fraudulent items (CSFI)

Irregularities which could be considered to be falsifications were detected in early 2016 on nuclear components manufactured in the Creusot Forge plant, following a quality review requested by ASN.

Published on 15/05/2018 • 05:30 pm

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Radiation protection recommendations for the transport of radioactive substances

The inspections carried out by ASN, the French nuclear safety authority, reveal that the risk of exposure to ionisation radiation is not sufficiently integrated in the preventive measures relating to the transport of radioactive substances. Yet some transport activities have significant radiation protection implications, particularly for the workers due to their close proximity to the packages. The annual dose for a driver transporting radiopharmaceuticals can thus reach 14 millisieverts per year (mSv/year)1, the maximum regulatory value being 20 mSv/year.

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.