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Published on 22/04/2015 • 08:00 am

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ASN 2014 Report

On 15th April, ASN presented its report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2014 to Parliament (Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST)). 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 2014, before reviewing ASN, its roles and the strategic priorities for nuclear safety and radiation protection in 2015.

Published on 07/04/2015 • 11:30 am

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Flamanville EPR reactor vessel manufacturing anomalies

ASN has been informed by AREVA of an anomaly in the composition of the steel in certain zones of the reactor vessel head and reactor vessel bottom head of the Flamanville EPR.

Published on 27/03/2015 • 04:00 pm

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International Assessment Report of the French system of nuclear safety...

The International Assessment Report of the French system of nuclear safety and radiation protection regulation is published on the ASN Web site.

Published on 02/03/2015 • 10:00 am

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European stress tests: ASN publishes the update of its national action plan

On 26 April 2012, one year after the Fukushima Daiichi accident, a joint statement by ENSREG and the European Commission concluded the stress tests conducted on the European nuclear power plants. This statement emphasised the need to implement an overall action plan to ensure that these stress tests would be followed by safety improvement measures implemented in a consistent manner in each country.

Published on 19/02/2015 • 05:30 pm

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ASN organised an international seminar on the safety of disposal facilities

From 3rd to 5th February 2015, ASN organised an international workshop on the safety of low-level radioactive waste1 disposal facilities.

Published on 10/02/2015 • 03:00 pm

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CSN: ASN considers the outcome does not live up to the safety issues

The Fukushima Daiichi accident, which occurred in March 2011, has driven the States to consider reinforcing the dispositions of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, adopted after the Chernobyl accident.

Published on 02/02/2015 • 02:00 pm

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Bordeaux: level 2 on the INES scale

On 14th October 2014, ASN was informed by Bordeaux CHU that the regulatory annual whole-body dose limit of 20 mSv was exceeded by an orthopaedic surgeon while using an interventional radiology device (image intensifier) in the operating theatre.

Published on 02/02/2015 • 10:00 am

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ASN sets additional prescriptions for AREVA and CEA facilities and sites

Pursuant to the ASN resolutions of 5th May 2011, AREVA and CEA carried out stress tests on each of their facilities for which there are major potential safety issues, in order to take account of experience feedback from the Fukushima accident. The stress tests performed in Europe on the nuclear power reactors were, in France, extended to cover all basic nuclear installations, including fuel cycle and research facilities. The particular aim of the stress tests was to determine the safety margins that exist on these facilities with regard to extreme hazards such as earthquake and flooding.

Published on 23/01/2015 • 11:30 am

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Major challenges for regulating nuclear safety and radiation protection in 2015

On 20th January, at its headquarters in Montrouge, ASN, in the person of its Chairman Mr. Pierre-Franck Chevet, presented its new year’s wishes to the press.

Published on 15/01/2015 • 10:00 am

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ASN sets the rules for the legacy waste retrieval and packaging operations in the La Hague facility

In its resolution 2014-DC-0472 of 9th December 2014, ASN issued prescriptions for AREVA concerning the legacy waste retrieval and packaging operations in the La Hague facility. This legacy radioactive waste , resulting from the activities of the UP2-400 reprocessing plant between 1966 and 1998, is currently stored in the La Hague facility in conditions that require retrieval and repackaging.

Published on 06/01/2015 • 03:50 pm

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Interventional Radiology Val de Saône Polyclinic in Mâcon

On 18th August 2014, ASN was informed by the Val de Saône Polyclinic in Mâcon (Saône-et-Loire department) that a private-sector surgeon working in the operating block had exceeded the regulatory annual whole body dose limit of 20 mSv.

Published on 19/12/2014 • 10:00 am

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ASN authorises limited continued operation of the EOLE and MINERVE experimental reactors

ASN analysed the report presenting the conclusions of the second periodic safety review of basic nuclear installations (BNI) 42 and 95, named EOLE and MINERVE, two critical mock-up type experimental reactors operated by CEA and situated in the same building of the Cadarache centre (Bouches-du-Rhône département).

Published on 28/11/2014 • 05:00 pm

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The French nuclear safety and radiation protection oversight system was evaluated by IAEA

From 17th to 28th November 2014, ASN hosted an IAEA peer review mission. This Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission concerned all the activities monitored and regulated by ASN. It examined the strengths and weaknesses of the French nuclear safety and radiation protection oversight system with respect to IAEA safety standards.

Published on 27/11/2014 • 04:00 pm

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HERCA and WENRA propose a European approach for the management of nuclear emergency situations

During their joint meeting of 21st October 2014, the associations HERCA (Heads of European radiological Protection Competent Authorities) and WENRA (Western European Nuclear Regulators' Association) adopted a joint position aiming to improve management and cross-border coordination in emergency situations.

Published on 25/11/2014 • 10:30 am

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ASN presents the French approach to the decommissioning of nuclear facilities

On 7th November 2014, Mr Masuda, TEPCO’s Head of decommissioning operations for reactors 1 to 4 of the Fukushima Daiichi NPP, met Philippe Jamet, ASN commissioner, and Fabien Schiltz, director of ASN’s Waste, Research Facilities and Fuel Cycle Facilities Department, in charge of decommissioning issues for the installations concerned in France.