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Published on 30/07/2010 • 05:50 pm

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Annual report 2010

For the sixth consecutive year, the English version of the ASN annual report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection is available on its dedicated website, at the following address : http://annual-report2010.asn.fr/.

Published on 30/07/2010 • 05:50 pm

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Publication of ASN 2009 report in English

For the fifth consecutive year, the English version of the ASN annual report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection is available on its dedicated website, at the following address : http://annual-report2009.asn.fr/.

Published on 09/07/2010 • 10:58 am

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International meeting on national radioactive waste management organisations

An international meeting was held in Paris from 7 to 9 June 2010 on the establishment of a radioactive waste management organisation in each country. Organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with the support of ASN, DGEC and ANDRA, the meeting brought together around 110 participants from more than 50 countries.

Published on 09/07/2010 • 10:51 am

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ASN's Scientific Committee

ASN's Scientific Committee held its first meeting on 8 July 2010.

Published on 08/07/2010 • 11:08 am

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the Tritium White Paper

The Tritium White Paper is the fruit of work by two broad-based working groups set up at ASN's initiative to review the behaviour of tritium in the environment and the evaluation of the biological impact of tritium on humans, in the wake of publications by British environmental and health agencies on the subject.

Published on 07/07/2010 • 05:22 pm

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New nuclear reactors built around the world

One of the major ASN concerns is to achieve harmonization based on the best nuclear safety and radiation protection levels worldwide. We do not want a “two-speed” safety and we continue to promote at European and international levels safety objectives that take into account the lessons learnt from Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and September 11, 2001 events. In the event of proposals to export nuclear reactors which do not meet these safety objectives, ASN will not hesitate to declare that such reactors could not be built in France.

Published on 11/06/2010 • 12:38 pm

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Information Letter No.8

The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) continued its inspections on the EPR Flamanville reactor construction site during the first quarter of 2010, and found work to be progressing in good order. Several issues are noteworthy.

Published on 25/05/2010 • 05:30 pm

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Full report on the assessment audit coordinated by the IAEA

The full report on the international IRRS (Integrated Regulatory Review Service) audit, carried out at the request of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) from 29 March to 3 April 2009, has just been submitted to the ASN. The hundred-page text provides supplementary details beyond the initial findings presented by the international experts at the end of the audit.

Published on 20/05/2010 • 05:16 pm

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Third ten-year inspection at the Fessenheim and Tricastin plants

In May 2009, Reactor 1 at the Tricastin nuclear power plant in the Drôme département was shut down for four months for the “third ten-year inspection”.

Published on 04/05/2010 • 04:23 pm

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Quarterly assessment of radiotherapy events

Twenty events, classified as level 1 on the ASN-SFRO scale, were reported between 1 January and 31 March 2010. Although these events are not expected to have any impact on patients' health, they are analysed to see if any lessons can be learnt from them (particularly in terms of organisation) and to avoid any recurrence.

Published on 26/04/2010 • 04:25 pm

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Radon activity concentration in homes

ASN has just published and submitted to the French Government its report on the 2005-2008 action plan on radon-related risks (Radon Action Plan [1]). A second plan, currently being prepared, will focus primarily on reducing radon activity concentration in homes.

Published on 23/04/2010 • 04:32 pm

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Raw materials containing naturally occurring radionuclides

Some industrial processes concentrate natural radionuclides contained in raw materials, manufactured products or production waste. ASN worked in collaboration with IRSN, the French National Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety, to assess the exposure of workers and the population at large to this “technologically enhanced natural radioactivity” [1].

Published on 09/04/2010 • 04:28 pm

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Presentation of the ASN annual report 2009 to the french Parliament (II)

ASN presented its report on “the status of nuclear safety and radiological protection in France in 2009” to the members of the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technical Choices (OPECST).

Published on 07/04/2010 • 04:09 pm

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Presentation of the ASN annual report 2009 to the french Parliament (I)

The ASN Commission and its president, André-Claude Lacoste, today presented the ASN report on "The State of Nuclear Safety and Radiological Protection in France in 2009" to Members of Parliament from the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technical Choices (OPECST).

Published on 06/04/2010 • 04:03 pm

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Medical imaging: international harmonisation of practices

At a colloquium organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1-3 March 2010, in which the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) participated, representatives of 23 international organisations and learned societies agreed on a "roadmap" aimed at both establishing international good practice guidelines for medical imaging issues and at facilitating their implementation. The "roadmap" also envisages monitoring and evaluation of the impact of this approach for the various clinical situations.