Published on 07/07/2010 • 05:22 pm
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
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
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 04/05/2010 • 04:23 pm
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
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 ). A second plan, currently being prepared, will focus primarily on reducing radon activity concentration in homes.
Published on 23/04/2010 • 04:32 pm
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” .
Published on 07/04/2010 • 04:09 pm
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
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.
Published on 29/03/2010 • 03:04 pm
Internal contamination of an employee from a subcontracting company (AREVA NC)
On March 24, following a proposal by the operator, ASN reclassified to level 2 on the INES scale, the incident which occurred on 19 November 2009 in the MAU (Intermediate Level Uranium) workshop of nuclear facility no. 33, known as UP2-400, on the AREVA NC site at La Hague.
Published on 26/03/2010 • 03:36 pm
ASN publishes report on operating experience feedback
On 20 March 2009, Strasbourg University Hospital reported a greater than normal number of side effects in patients being treated in a radiology department for arteriovenous malformations in the brain. To gain further information, ASN performed investigations and assessments from which it derives conclusions in a report now available at its website, www.asn.fr.
Published on 17/02/2010 • 10:43 am
Quarterly assessment of radiotherapy events (fourth quarter of 2009)
Between October 1 and December 31, 2009, 15 radiotherapy events were classified as level 1 on the ASN-SFRO scale. These events, not expected to have any impact on patients’ health, are nonetheless analysed so as to determine the consequences thereof (particularly in terms of organisation) and to prevent them from recurring.