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Published on 27/04/2021 • 12:27 pm

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Ms Laure Tourjansky is appointed ASN Commissioner

By decree of the President of the Republic dated 21 April 2021, Ms Laure Tourjansky is appointed member of the Commission of ASN, the French Nuclear Safety Authority, for the remaining term of the mandate of Ms Lydie Evrard, who is taking up other duties.

Published on 13/04/2021 • 09:51 am

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European stress tests: ASN publishes the closing report for the action plan

Following the accident at the Fukushima NPP, the European Council asked for stress tests to be carried out. Their procedures were defined by the WENRA association of Western European nuclear regulators. These tests involved verifying the robustness of the European NPPs to the types of situations that the Fukushima NPP had experienced: extreme earthquake, extreme flooding, total loss of electrical power supplies, total loss of heat sinks and melting of the reactor core.

Published on 30/03/2021 • 03:00 pm

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ASN issues its opinion on the management of the former uranium mining sites

At the request of the Ministry responsible for energy (MTE), within the framework of the French National Radioactive Material and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR), and following analysis of the studies received, ASN has issued its opinion on the management of the former uranium mining sites, in order to contribute to the guidelines for the 5th edition of this plan.

Published on 30/03/2021 • 02:42 pm

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Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas

The Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) publishes the 2020-2024 radon risk national action plan (PAR 4). Building on the National Health-Environment Plan 4 (PNSE), “My environment, my health” (2020-2024), this fourth edition is the fruit of collaboration between ASN, the Ministries for Health, Ecology, Construction and Labour, national experts [1], regional actors [2], radon measurement professionals and associations active in this area.

Published on 30/03/2021 • 02:32 pm

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Spent nuclear fuel storage capacity: the ASN Commission called EDF and Orano to a hearing

On 11 February 2021, the ASN Commission called Mr. Lewandowski, Director of EDF’s nuclear and thermal power plant fleet (DPNT) and Mr. Knoche, CEO of Orano to a hearing. The hearing concerned EDF’s spent fuel management strategy, in which the Orano group’s installations play an essential role.

Published on 18/03/2021 • 11:14 am

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Flamanville EPR reactor: design anomaly on three main primary system nozzles

On 3 March 2021, EDF notified ASN of a significant event concerning a design anomaly on three nozzles of the main primary system of the EPR reactor under construction on the Flamanville site.

Published on 15/03/2021 • 05:03 pm

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ASN issues its opinion on the radioactive waste legacy repositories

At the request of the Ministry responsible for energy (MTE), and within the framework of the French National Radioactive Material and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR), ASN has issued its opinion on the management of legacy repositories of radioactive waste, in order to contribute to the guidelines for the 5th edition of this plan.

Published on 25/02/2021 • 09:00 am

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900 MWe reactors beyond 40 years

On 23 February 2021, ASN ruled on the conditions for the continued operation of the 900 MWe reactors beyond their fourth periodic safety review. ASN considers that the measures planned by EDF combined with those prescribed by ASN open the prospect of continued operation of these reactors for a further ten years following their fourth periodic safety review.

Published on 25/01/2021 • 03:26 pm

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ASN New Year’s greetings to the press

At the presentation of the first findings and the marking events of the year 2020, ASN delivers three messages

Published on 18/12/2020 • 02:19 pm

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Ms Géraldine Pina Jomir appointed ASN commissioner

Ms Géraldine Pina has been appointed a member of the ASN Commission for a term of 6 years by a decree of the French President dated 15 December 2020. She succeeds Mr Philippe Chaumet-Riffaud, whose mandate expired on 10 December 2020.

Published on 17/12/2020 • 03:28 pm

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ASN issues its opinion on the management of High Level Waste and Intermediate Level...

In response to a request from the Minister in charge of energy, as required by the French National Radioactive Materials and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR), ASN issued its opinion on the management of high-level waste (HLW) and intermediate-level long-lived waste (ILW-LL), contributing to the orientations of the 5th edition of this plan.

Published on 04/12/2020 • 04:45 pm

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Continued operation of the 900 MWe reactors beyond 40 years

On 3 December, ASN will open a public consultation on its website concerning the conditions for the continued operation of the 900 MWe reactors beyond their fourth periodic safety review.

Published on 24/11/2020 • 02:56 pm

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Covid 19 epidemic: ASN adapts its working methods so that it can continue to perform its duties

Faced with a constantly changing health situation, ASN continues to adapt its working methods, by limiting physical contact while continuing to provide oversight of nuclear facilities and activities.

Published on 10/11/2020 • 12:30 pm

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France submits its 7th report to the IAEA on the implementation of the Joint Convention

The seventh review meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (called the "Joint Convention") is scheduled from 24 May to 4th of June 2021 at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

Published on 14/10/2020 • 02:27 pm

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Flamanville EPR reactor: ASN authorises the reception and storage of nuclear fuel on the site

On 8 October 2020, the ASN authorised the arrival of nuclear fuel at the Flamanville EPR reactor site. This fuel will be stored in the pool of the building intended for this purpose.