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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.

Published on 05/10/2020 • 03:45 pm

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ASN issues its opinion on the management of low level, long-lived waste (LLW-LL)

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 studies regarding the management of low level, long-lived waste (LLW-LL), contributing to the orientations of the 5th edition of this Plan.

Published on 16/09/2020 • 01:12 pm

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Secure financing of long-term nuclear costs: ASN issues its opinion on the licensees’ reports

At the request of the General Directorate for Energy and the Climate (DGEC) in 2019, ASN has issued its opinion on the fifth three-yearly reports submitted by the nuclear licensees with respect to the secure financing of long-term nuclear costs. This evaluation and provisioning system aims to ensure that the costs of decommissioning and of spent fuel and radioactive waste management are evaluated with sufficient prudence and are covered by dedicated assets so that the necessary financial resources will be available when the time comes.

Published on 16/09/2020 • 01:04 pm

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France Report under the European Euratom Directive

On July 22, 2020, France transmitted, to the European Commission, its report pursuant to Council Directive 2014/87/Euratom of July 8, 2014 amending Directive 2009/71/Euratom of June 25, 2009 establishing a Community framework for the safety of nuclear installations.

Published on 06/08/2020 • 05:06 pm

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The IAEA publishes a report on the Flamanville EPR reactor

ASN, the French nuclear safety authority, has posted on line the report of the pre-OSART (pre-operational safety review team) mission which was conducted from 17 June to 4 July 2019 at the Flamanville nuclear power plant (NPP) and concerned the EPR reactor currently under construction.

Published on 04/08/2020 • 02:51 pm

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ASN issues its opinion on the management of very low level waste

At the request of the Minister responsible for energy, and contributing to the guidelines for the 5th issue of the French National Radioactive Material and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR), ASN has issued its opinion on the management of very low level waste (VLLW).

Published on 31/07/2020 • 11:26 am

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Publication of a practical guide for the inhabitants of a region contaminated by a nuclear accident

the request of the Prime Minister, the Codirpa (Steering committee for managing the post-accident phase of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency situation), coordinated by ASN has, since 2005, been conducting a pluralistic reflection on the management of post-nuclear accident situations.

Published on 02/06/2020 • 05:32 pm

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ASN Report on the State of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection in France in 2019

In the context of the health crisis, ASN presented its report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2019 to the members of Parliament of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST). This report was transmitted to the offices of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister and of the Presidents of the Senate and the National Assembly. It is published on

Published on 25/05/2020 • 11:21 am

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ASN makes an assessment of its oversight since the beginning of lockdown

Between 15 March and 15 May 2020 a total of 18 on-site inspections were carried out: twelve on safety and the possible consequences of the epidemic on the working of the facilities and six on labour inspectorate subjects.

Published on 22/04/2020 • 03:12 pm

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4th periodic safety review of the 900 MWe reactors

ASN is continuing its examination of the files constituting the generic phase of the fourth periodic safety review of EDF's thirty-two 900 MWe reactors. It plans consulting the public at the end of 2020 on its draft position statement concerning the continued operation of these reactors. At present, ASN considers that the Covid-19 epidemic should have only a limited impact on its position statement schedule.

Published on 01/04/2020 • 04:33 pm

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Announcement of the guidelines of the next National Radioactive Materials and Waste Management Plan

The Minister for Ecological Transition and the Chairman of ASN have issued, on February 2020, a decision following the public debate concerning preparations for the 5th edition of the National Radioactive Materials and Waste Management Plan.

Published on 27/03/2020 • 12:53 pm

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Covid 19 epidemic: ASN is adapting its method of functioning while maintaining its rigour

The consequences of the Covid 19 epidemic on nuclear activities must be identified according to the nature of the operations. In this context, ASN is maintaining its highly stringent demands with respect to the nuclear licensees.

Published on 23/03/2020 • 05:25 pm

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ASN specifies the next steps in the decommissioning of the gas cooled reactors

In two resolutions, ASN specifies the next steps in the decommissioning of the “first generation” gas cooled reactors (GCR).