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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.

Published on 27/12/2018 • 12:24 pm

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Mr Jean-Luc Lachaume appointed ASN Commissioner

Further to a proposal from the President of the National Assembly, Jean-Luc Lachaume was appointed ASN Commissioner for a six-year term by decree of the President of the Republic dated 21 December 2018.

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