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Published on 29/07/2019 • 11:50 am

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CEA’s decommissioning and materials and waste management strategy

Thirty-nine CEA nuclear facilities have been finally shut down or are being decommissioned. This number has been constantly rising for the past few years. Since the 2000s, ASN and ASND – the Defence Nuclear Safety Authority – have observed significant delays in the decommissioning and waste retrieval and conditioning (RCD) projects.

Published on 29/07/2019 • 11:38 am

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ASN issues its opinion on the safety options for the EPR New model reactor and its EPR 2 upgrade

ASN issues its opinion on the safety options file for the EPR New Model (NM) reactor project, for which the new technical configuration is called EPR 2.

Published on 21/06/2019 • 08:24 am

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ASN defines the new methods for evaluating ionising radiation doses delivered to patients

In a resolution dated 18 April 2019, ASN updates and clarifies the methods for evaluating the ionising radiation doses delivered to patients during medical imaging procedures, in order to help control these doses.

Published on 20/06/2019 • 09:38 am

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Deviations on the Flamanville EPR steam lines: the eight penetration welds will have to be repaired

In a letter of 19 June 2019, ASN informed EDF that, in the light of the numerous deviations in the production of the Flamanville EPR penetration welds, they would have to be repaired.

Published on 11/06/2019 • 02:35 pm

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Overexposure of the hands of personnel in a nuclear medicine department

On 6 May 2019, the Réunion Island University Hospital in Saint-Denis notified ASN of a significant event that occurred in its nuclear medicine department. Further to malfunctions affecting an automated injector for radiopharmaceutical, several workers suffered radiation exposure to the hands in an unusual manner.

Published on 27/05/2019 • 01:30 pm

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A worker exceeds the regulatory annual radiation exposure limit

On 24 April 2019, ASN, the French nuclear regulator, was informed by the company Eiffage Énergie Système – Clevia Ouest, located in Saint-Grégoire (Ille-et-Vilaine département), of a significant radiation protection event involving a worker who exceeded the regulatory annual ionising radiation exposure limit.

Published on 21/05/2019 • 04:42 pm

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ASN Report on the State of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection in France in 2018

ASN identifies three challenges for nuclear safety and radiation protection in France: the need to anticipate, maintaining safety margins and focusing on skills in the nuclear sector

Published on 21/05/2019 • 11:30 am

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Information Letter #.21

ASN continued its monitoring of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor construction site and the various manufactured items intended for it. The significant points in 2018 and early 2019 are detailed below; ASN was particularly vigilant with regard to the processing of the deviations detected on the main secondary system welds and the continuation of the reactor start-up tests.

Published on 17/05/2019 • 03:45 pm

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Progress report on the ASN action plan against the risk of fraud

On 21 November 2018, ASN opened a portal to the public so that anyone wishing to do so can inform it of any irregularities regarding nuclear safety, radiation protection of persons and protection of the environment. This portal offers whistleblowers direct access to ASN, while guaranteeing that their identity will remain confidential.

Published on 14/05/2019 • 05:44 pm

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Civaux, Gravelines and Paluel NPPs significant event level 2 on the INES scale

A significant nuclear safety event concerning a deficiency in the earthquake resistance of the piping of the emergency diesel generator sets in the Civaux, Gravelines and Paluel NPPs was rated level 2 on the INES scale by ASN.

Published on 12/04/2019 • 09:00 am

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Flamanville EPR reactor

On 9 and 10 April 2019, ASN convened its Advisory Committee for Nuclear Pressure Equipment (GP ESPN) concerning the approach proposed by EDF to deal with the deviations detected in welds on the main steam transfer pipes of the Flamanville EPR reactor. Representatives from the Flamanville CLI, the HCTISN, the ANCCLI and foreign safety regulators concerned by the construction of an EPR reactor attended this session as observers.

Published on 28/03/2019 • 11:03 am

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Decommissioning of the first generation gas-cooled reactors

On 12 February 2019, the ASN Commission gave EDF a hearing so that the licensee could make its observations on the draft resolutions to regulate the decommissioning of six gas-cooled reactors, which have been shut down for about thirty years.

Published on 19/03/2019 • 04:50 pm

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Angers University Hospital nuclear medicine department personnel suffers overexposure of the hands

On 31st January 2019, the Angers University Hospital informed ASN (the French nuclear safety authority) of a significant radiation protection event in which a member of personnel exceeded the regulatory annual limit for exposure to the hands, which is set at 500 millisieverts. The person concerned by this event works in the hospital's nuclear medicine department.

Published on 19/03/2019 • 04:04 pm

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Auxiliary systems of the backup diesel generating sets for the EDF reactors

In 2017, EDF notified a significant safety event concerning the failure to demonstrate the seismic resistance of the civil engineering anchors of the auxiliary systems of the backup diesel generating sets for its 1300 MWe nuclear power reactors. ASN had rated this event level 2 on the INES scale.

Published on 28/02/2019 • 11:12 am

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Flamanville EPR equipment

In a resolution of 25 February 2019, ASN served EDF with formal notice to produce and save proof of qualification of the Flamanville EPR reactor equipment.