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Published on 23/06/2014 • 12:20 pm

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Chairmanship of the Steering Technical Committee of MDEP

Since January 2014, Sophie Mourlon, Deputy Director-General of the ASN, chairs the Steering Technical Committee (STC) of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP). The STC oversees the work of technical groups within the MDEP.

Published on 23/06/2014 • 11:20 am

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Review of new reactor designs

The 3rd Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) Conference on New Reactor Design Activities was held in Washington on 14-15 May 2014. This conference was attended by almost 150 people from national regulators (including 14 regulatory bodies members of the MDEP), international organizations and nuclear industry from more than 17 countries. The closing session was co-chaired by Pierre-Franck Chevet, Chairman of the ASN and Allison Macfarlane, Chairman of the US NRC (US regulatory body) and current Chairman of the MDEP.

Published on 22/05/2014 • 10:00 am

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Uncontrolled release of radioactive effluents into the public sewerage system

Following a series of events in 2012 and 2013 (see table below) involving leaks from the radioactive effluents collection network (mainly iodine 131) in the nuclear medicine unit of the Haut-Lévêque hospital in Pessac, ASN reclassifies the most significant of these events (notified in August 2013) level 2 on the INES scale, owing to insufficient monitoring of the effluents network and the absence of safety culture. ASN remains attentive to the implementation of the corrective measures.

Published on 05/05/2014 • 04:30 pm

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ASN 2013 Report

On 15th April, ASN presented its report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2013 to the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST) in the National Assembly’s premises. On 16th April, ASN also held a press conference at its headquarters in Montrouge for about forty journalists from the international, national and regional press. The ASN Commission and its Chairman, Pierre-Franck Chevet, presented the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2013, before reviewing ASN, its roles and the strategic priorities for nuclear safety and radiation protection in 2014.

Published on 31/01/2014 • 12:30 pm

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ITER: first inspection on the site of a foreign supplier.

On 19th December 2013, ASN performed the first inspection abroad, in the plant of a company responsible for manufacturing certain segments of the ITER facility’s vacuum containment . The inspection took place in Italy (Monfalcone, Friuli).

Published on 23/01/2014 • 12:00 pm

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Additional requirements for implementation of the "hardened safety core"

On 21st January 2014, the ASN Commission adopted 19 resolutions setting out additional requirements for implementation of the post-Fukushima “hardened safety core” in EDF’s NPPs.

Published on 15/01/2014 • 12:25 pm

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Proposed revision of the European directive on nuclear safety

ASN is today making public its opinion on the proposed revision of the European directive on nuclear safety, which constitutes the legislative and regulatory framework underpinning the safety of the nuclear facilities of the Member States of the European Union. ASN highlights those aspects of the proposed revision of this directive which it considers to be steps in the right direction. At the same time, it underlines those subjects which still need to be addressed in order to give the European nuclear safety framework its full scope and potential.