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All the news about nuclear safety and radiation protection

Published on 11/05/2017 • 01:31 pm

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Hearing of the Director General of ITER

The ASN Commission regularly holds hearings of the main parties responsible for nuclear activities with regard to nuclear safety and radiation protection issues.

Published on 14/04/2017 • 09:30 am

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Resumption of manufacturing in AREVA NP’s Creusot Forge plant

Areva NP informed ASN of its intention to resume forging operations in its Creusot Forge plant, on nuclear pressure equipment components for French BNIs. In letters dated 12th April 2017 sent to Areva NP and EDF, ASN defined preconditions for resumption of the forging operations.

Published on 05/04/2017 • 11:01 am

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Manufacturing quality at Creusot Forge

As part of its contribution to the work of the oversight group set up by the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Security (HCTISN) – at the request of the Minister responsible for nuclear safety and energy - in order to guarantee the transparency of the investigation into the anomaly affecting the Flamanville EPR vessel and ensure the satisfactory transmission of information to civil society, ASN has collated a record of its correspondence with EDF and Areva NP since 2005 on the subject of manufacturing quality at Creusot Forge.

Published on 15/03/2017 • 10:00 am

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Anomaly in the carbon concentration of the steel

ASN has authorised restarting of the twelve reactors concerned by the anomaly in the carbon concentration of the steel of the channel heads of the steam generators manufactured by JCFC.

Published on 13/03/2017 • 10:00 am

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Ms Lydie Evrard is appointed to the ASN commission

Lydie Evrard has been appointed to the ASN Commission for 6 years by a decree of the French President dated 10 March 2017, as the member appointed by the President of the Senate. She replaces Philippe Jamet, whose mandate ended on 15 December 2016.

Published on 10/02/2017 • 02:00 pm

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Event in the turbine hall of the Flamanville 1 nuclear power plant

The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) was informed on February 9 of an event at the Flamanville nuclear power plant.

Published on 02/02/2017 • 04:06 pm

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ASN describes the procedures for consultation with the licensees and the public

ASN accords considerable importance to consultation when drafting of its statutory resolutions and its guides.

Published on 30/01/2017 • 05:36 pm

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The situation regarding nuclear safety and radiation protection is worrying ASN remains vigilant

On 18th January, through its Chairman, Mr Pierre-Franck Chevet, ASN presented its New Year’s wishes to the press in its Montrouge headquarters.

Published on 13/01/2017 • 03:04 pm

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After inspection, ASN authorised the restart of nine reactors

ASN approved the restart of nine of the twelve reactors concerned by the carbon concentration anomaly in the steam generator channel heads manufactured by JCFC, following its examination of the results of the inspections carried out and the technical demonstrations provided by EDF for the 900 MWe reactors.

Published on 27/12/2016 • 11:33 am

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Appointment of Sylvie Cadet-Mercier, ASN commissioner

By decree of the President of the Republic dated 21st December 2016, Mrs Sylvie Cadet-Mercier is appointed to the ASN Commission for a 6-year term, as a member designated by the President of the Republic.

Published on 05/12/2016 • 04:57 pm

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Situation of the steam generators in which the steel contains a high carbon concentration

With the support of IRSN, ASN examined the information transmitted by EDF to demonstrate the serviceability of the channel heads on the steam generators manufactured by JCFC and equipping ten 900 MWe reactors and two 1450 MWe reactors.

Published on 01/12/2016 • 03:00 pm

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International review of the safety options file for the Cigeo project

With the aim of obtaining the opinion of its international peers regarding the examination of the safety options file (DOS) for the radioactive waste deep geological disposal facility being developed by Andra, called Cigeo, ASN asked IAEA to organise an international review of this file by experts from safety regulators from other countries.

Published on 03/11/2016 • 11:25 am

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Anomalies and irregularities detected on nuclear pressure equipment

On 25th October 2016, ASN participated in the hearing organised by the OPECST (Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices) on the safety of nuclear pressure equipment (NPE).

Published on 19/10/2016 • 10:31 am

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Additional inspections required on steam generators of five EDF reactors

ASN has asked EDF to carry out additional inspections within three months on certain channel heads of the steam generators on 5 of its reactors, in which the steel is affected by a high carbon concentration. The performance of these inspections will require shutdown of the reactors concerned.

Published on 23/09/2016 • 02:00 pm

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Areva NP’s Creusot Forge Plant: ASN publishes the list of irregularities detected so far

ASN publishes the list of irregularities of which it has been notified to date, affecting certain items manufactured by Areva NP’s Creusot Forge plant for French civil nuclear activities. These irregularities concern EDF reactor pressure equipment (vessels, steam generators and main primary system piping) and transport packagings for radioactive substances.