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Published on 24/09/2021 • 12:30 pm

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University Hospitals of Strasbourg (HUS)

The discovery by the University Hospitals of Strasbourg (HUS) of legacy radioactive sources and residual radioactive contamination in a building on the site of the Civil Hospital of Strasbourg was reported on the ASN website on 12 October 2020. Since that date, substantial investigations and characterisation work have been carried out by the HUS teams.

Published on 24/09/2021 • 12:28 pm

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External contamination of a worker

On 27 August 2021, ASN (Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire), the French nuclear regulator, was notified by the Cruas nuclear power plant licensee of a significant radiation protection event concerning the exceeding of an annual individual dose limit by an EDF employee.

Published on 24/09/2021 • 12:03 pm

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MDEP multinational inspection of a Framatome plant

A multinational inspection of the Framatome Saint-Marcel plant (Saône-et-Loire département) was held from 3 to 6 May and from 28 June to 2 July 2021, in the context of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP).

Published on 17/09/2021 • 12:40 pm

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ASN considers that EDF’s planned break preclusion approach for the EPR2 reactor is acceptable

ASN considers that using a break preclusion approach for the main lines of the primary and secondary systems of the EPR 2 project is acceptable. This position supplements ASN’s 2019 opinion on the safety options of this reactor project.

Published on 26/07/2021 • 09:09 am

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ASN issues a call for candidates for its new Advisory Committee for Radiation Protection

When preparing its most important resolutions, ASN requests opinions and recommendations from its eight Advisory Committees of Experts (GPE)[1]. With the mandates of the two Advisory Committees for Radiation Protection coming to an end, ASN is setting up a single radiation protection group with cross-cutting expertise. It is therefore issuing a call for applications from candidates.

Published on 21/06/2021 • 04:12 pm

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ASN has issued its opinion on the management of radioactive materials and waste

Pursuant to the 2016-2018 edition of the National Radioactive Materials and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR) and in response to a request from the Ministry in charge of Energy, ASN issued seven opinions over the period 2020 to 2021 on the management of radioactive materials and waste produced in France.

Published on 17/06/2021 • 04:00 pm

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Taishan EPR ASN engages in a technical dialogue with its Chinese counterpart

On 12 June, ASN suggested to its Chinese counterpart, the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), that they open a technical dialogue on the current conditions of operation of reactor 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant (NPP).

Published on 02/06/2021 • 07:14 pm

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ASN Report on the State of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection in France in 2020

On May 27, in the health crisis situation, ASN presented its Report on the State of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection in France in 2020 to the parliamentarians of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technical Choices.This report has been sent to the offices of the President of the Republic, of the Prime Minister and of the Speakers of the Senate and the National Assembly.

Published on 01/06/2021 • 10:19 am

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WENRA Safety Objectives for new NPPs are still up-to-date

10 years after their publication, the WENRA’s Reactor Harmonization Working Group (RHWG) has performed a review to check whether the safety objectives for new NPPs needed to be updated considering advances in scientific knowledge and technology.

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.