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  • Cost of the Cigéo project: ASN publishes its opinion on the evaluation proposed by Andra
    conventions Bilateral relations ASN s counterparts Personnel exchanges between ASN and its foreign counterparts Multilateral relations in Europe The European Union Clubs of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authorities Other organisations Multilateral assistance plans Multilateral relations outside Europe International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD Other UN organisations Other associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Cost of the Cigéo project ASN publishes its opinion on the evaluation proposed by Andra Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Cost of the Cigéo project ASN publishes its opinion on the evaluation proposed by Andra 12 01 2016 4 00 pm Communiqué de presse General layout of the deep geological disposal facility Cigéo ANDRA Enlarge the visual In accordance with the procedure 1 stipulated in the Environment Code the Minister for Ecology Sustainable Development and Energy is required to determine the reference cost of the Cigéo disposal facility project In late 2014 ASN received a file from the Minister containing the cost figures produced by Andra in 2014 ASN returned its opinion on 10 February 2015 The previous evaluation of between 13 5 and 16 5 billion euros dated from 2005 ASN considers that updating of the reference cost is absolutely essential and urgently required This update could be carried out on the basis of the Andra file which is documented and substantiated and which represents significant progress more specifically through a greater focus on safety However ASN considers that some of the technical and economic assumptions made by Andra are overly optimistic and therefore not consistent with the prudence that is essential for such an evaluation At this stage of the development of the project uncertainties

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Cost-of-the-Cigeo-project-ASN-publishes-its-opinion-on-the-evaluation-proposed-by-Andra (2016-01-29)
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  • Flamanville EPR reactor vessel
    other technical support organisations Professional events Radon national action plan workshop International Conference on Modern Radiotherapy 2 4 December 2009 IAEA ASN workshop 22 23 March 2007 Symposium international NuPEER Convention on Nuclear Safety Joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel management IAEA Safety Reviews and Appraisals in France OSART Mission conducted in France WENRA Reports Section map Section map International International reference texts Euratom Treaty IAEA safety standards International conventions Bilateral relations ASN s counterparts Personnel exchanges between ASN and its foreign counterparts Multilateral relations in Europe The European Union Clubs of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authorities Other organisations Multilateral assistance plans Multilateral relations outside Europe International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD Other UN organisations Other associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Flamanville EPR reactor vessel Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN convened the Advisory Committee concerning the anomaly affecting the Flamanville EPR reactor vessel 19 10 2015 11 30 am Note d information EPR reactor vessel Enlarge the visual On 30 September 2015 ASN convened the Advisory Committee for nuclear pressure equipment GP ESPN for the anomaly affecting the composition of the steel in certain areas of the vessel closure head and bottom head of the Flamanville EPR reactor vessel Representatives of the HCTISN the ANCCLI and foreign safety regulators concerned by the construction of an EPR attended this session as observers In late 2014 Areva informed ASN that tests performed on a vessel head representative of that intended for the Flamanville EPR showed the presence of an area with a high carbon concentration leading to lower than expected mechanical properties Measurements confirmed the presence of this

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Flamanville-EPR-reactor-vessel (2016-01-29)
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  • Nuclear power plant at Le Blayais: Irradiation of a worker during the scheduled outage of reactor 4
    conducted in France WENRA Reports Section map Section map International International reference texts Euratom Treaty IAEA safety standards International conventions Bilateral relations ASN s counterparts Personnel exchanges between ASN and its foreign counterparts Multilateral relations in Europe The European Union Clubs of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authorities Other organisations Multilateral assistance plans Multilateral relations outside Europe International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD Other UN organisations Other associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Nuclear power plant at Le Blayais Irradiation of a worker during the scheduled outage of reactor 4 Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Level 2 incident in the EDF nuclear power plant at Le Blayais Gironde département Irradiation of a worker during the scheduled outage of reactor 4 28 08 2015 10 50 am Communiqué de presse Nuclear power plant at Le Blayais EDF Enlarge the visual On 21 st August 2015 ASN was informed by EDF of the accidental exposure of a worker from an EDF contractor to a dose of ionising radiation exceeding the regulation limit On 18 th August during the check carried out prior to exiting the limited access area contamination was detected on the worker s chin He had been carrying out maintenance work in preparation for the hydrotesting of an exchanger on the chemical and volume control system in the reactor 4 safeguard auxiliaries building in the Le Blayais NPP The worker was then treated by the site s risk prevention department which carried out a decontamination procedure during the course of which the radioactive particle which caused the contamination was located and immediately removed The occupational physician then evaluated the whole body

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Nuclear-power-plant-at-Le-Blayais-Irradiation-of-a-worker-during-the-scheduled-outage-of-reactor-4 (2016-01-29)
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  • Over-exposure of a female operator of an industrial radiography contractor
    s counterparts Personnel exchanges between ASN and its foreign counterparts Multilateral relations in Europe The European Union Clubs of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authorities Other organisations Multilateral assistance plans Multilateral relations outside Europe International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD Other UN organisations Other associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Over exposure of a female operator of an industrial radiography contractor Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Over exposure of a female operator of an industrial radiography contractor in Colomiers Haute Garonne département 19 08 2015 10 00 am Communiqué de presse On 31st July 2015 a female operator of the Colomiers agency of the company Apave Sudeurope was accidentally exposed in the agency s bunker to radiation emitted by an X ray generator used for industrial radiography Schematic diagram of bunker Enlarge the visual The operator entered the bunker without realising that the device was emitting ionising radiation She was directly exposed to the beam from the X ray tube for several minutes As soon as this abnormal situation was detected Apave Sudeurope suspended utilisation of the facility and requested the emergency development of the operator s passive dosimeter It notified ASN of this event on 4th August 2015 On 5th August 2015 ASN inspectors and a labour inspector conducted an on site inspection in the presence of the company s occupational physician Apave Sudeurope informed the inspectors that the safety device that stops X ray emission when the bunker doors are opened had been intentionally disabled shortly before the event on account of a technical failure This constitutes a deviation from the regulation and a serious failure in the radiation

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Over-exposure-of-a-female-operator-of-an-industrial-radiography-contractor (2016-01-29)
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  • Flamanville 3 EPR: ASN has no objection to the initiation of a new test programme
    the safety of spent fuel management IAEA Safety Reviews and Appraisals in France OSART Mission conducted in France WENRA Reports Section map Section map International International reference texts Euratom Treaty IAEA safety standards International conventions Bilateral relations ASN s counterparts Personnel exchanges between ASN and its foreign counterparts Multilateral relations in Europe The European Union Clubs of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authorities Other organisations Multilateral assistance plans Multilateral relations outside Europe International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD Other UN organisations Other associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Flamanville 3 EPR ASN has no objection to the initiation of a new test programme Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Flamanville 3 EPR ASN has no objection to the initiation of a new test programme 17 12 2015 5 00 pm Note d information EPR reactor vessel Enlarge the visual On 12 December 2015 ASN issued a position statement concerning the approach used to demonstrate the mechanical properties of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor pressure vessel RPV closure head and bottom head proposed by Areva Subject to its observations and requests being taken into consideration ASN considers that the approach proposed by Areva is acceptable in principle and has no objection to the initiation of the new programme of tests being planned On 7 April 2015 ASN published an information notice concerning an anomaly in the composition of the steel in the centre of the Flamanville 3 EPR RPVclosure head and bottom head This anomaly is linked to the presence of a high carbon concentration which results in mechanical properties that are not as good as expected Areva sent ASN a file presenting

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Flamanville-3-EPR-ASN-has-no-objection-to-the-initiation-of-a-new-test-programme (2016-01-29)
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  • ASN Report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2014
    relations in Europe The European Union Clubs of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Authorities Other organisations Multilateral assistance plans Multilateral relations outside Europe International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD Other UN organisations Other associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information Publications ASN s annual reports ASN Report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2014 Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s annual reports Contrôle review Publications for the professionals Others ASN reports ASN s videos Back to list of publications ASN Report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2014 16 07 2015 2014 The ASN Nuclear Safety Authority Report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2014 This report is specified in Article L 592 31 of the Environment Code It was submitted to the President of the Republic the Prime Minister and the Presidents of the Senate and the National Assembly pursuant to the above mentioned Article Improving nuclear safety and radiation protection a duty as important as ever ASN Report 2014 website The full report The abstracts of the ASN report 2014 2014 was generally in line with previous years in terms of nuclear safety and radiation protection The situation is on the whole relatively satisfactory but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels The scale of the challenges and the expectations of society mean that the nuclear safety and radiation protection requirements must be gradually tightened in the light of accident analysis increasing scientific knowledge and technological developments This principle of reinforced safety and radiation protection applies to all facilities including those which have been in service for many decades

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/Publications/ASN-s-annual-reports/ASN-Report-on-the-state-of-nuclear-safety-and-radiation-protection-in-France-in-2014 (2016-01-29)
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  • ASN Report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2013
    to the stress tests carried out after the Fukushima accident must be implemented These led to technical prescriptions from ASN more specifically aimed at installing a hardened safety core of more robust safety equipment and emergency response teams able to intervene on the facilities impacted within a few hours Implementation of this range of provisions will require exceptional mobilisation on the part of the indus trial firms concerned Developing European cooperation for management of a nuclear accident Presentation by PF Chevet at the ENSREG conference on 11th and 12th June 2013 Enlarge the visual At the European level following the revision of the directive on basic radiation protection standards in 2013 and the probable adoption in 2014 of a new directive on nuclear safety the management of a nuclear accident is a major topic on which progress needs to be made In the same way as Chernobyl the Fukushima accident showed that over and above all the safety measures designed to prevent such accidents and mitigate their consequences preparations must be made at the international level to deal with large scale long term emergencies In addition to the prime responsibility of the licensee for onsite management of a nuclear accident ASN considers that exceptional emergency management provisions must be adopted in Europe enabling the safety Authority of the country in which an accident were to occur to benefit from increased human resources It is also essential at the European level to ensure that the steps taken to protect the populations following an accident are coherent and to ensure coordination between the Authorities responsible for these steps Together with its European counterparts ASN will aim to propose solutions and promote an operational organisation meeting these challenges ASN is therefore attentive to ensuring that its day to day activities are conducted without losing sight of the long term objectives The fate of high level long lived waste ASN inspection focusing on the subject of waste at Marcoule ATALANTE facility June 2013 Enlarge the visual The 2006 Act adopted the principle of deep geological disposal of high and intermediate level long lived waste HLW ILW LL The pertinence of this means of disposal with regard to the safety and radiation protection issues is recognised internationally ASN will not however be able to issue a position statement on any particular project until its safety has been conclusively demonstrated In this respect the characteristics of the site chosen and the inventory of waste to be accepted by the repository will be decisive factors This is why in its opinion 2013 AV 0179 of 16 th May 2013 ASN stressed that the potential changes in the inventory must be presented to the stakeholders in worst case scenarios depending on the possible energy policy choices more specifically concerning the question of the disposal of spent fuels In any case ASN will ensure that the safety of the operation of HLW ILW LL waste disposal facilities is maintained for the long term to take account of the inevitable

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/Publications/ASN-s-annual-reports/ASN-Report-on-the-state-of-nuclear-safety-and-radiation-protection-in-France-in-2013 (2016-01-29)
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  • Contrôle review #195: Management of sites and soils polluted by radioactivity
    safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information Publications Contrôle review Contrôle review 195 Management of sites and soils polluted by radioactivity Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s annual reports Contrôle review Publications for the professionals Others ASN reports ASN s videos Back to list of publications Contrôle review 195 Management of sites and soils polluted by radioactivity 01 11 2012 195 Eight years after the issue of Contrôle magazine devoted to the management of sites contaminated by radioactive substances I wanted to take the opportunity of this review to shed new light on the changes made and the progress accomplished in this field As early as 2002 when the DGSNR1 was created ASN was tasked with the management of sites contaminated by radioactive materials Ten years after the first interventions on the former Bayard clock making site of Saint Nicolas d Aliermont 76 it became apparent that an initial inventory of national and international practices was needed in order to identify the major obstacles and the changes that were required Jointly with the ministry responsible for ecology ASN thus organised the first national symposium entitled Radioactive contamination how to deal with polluted sites This symposium held on 4 May 2004 demonstrated the technical financial and psychological difficulties inherent in this subject Various measures were however initiated to allow even more transparent and efficient management of these forms of pollution many of which constitute a heavy burden inherited from past practices I would like to mention the 2006 drafting of the first National Radioactive Materials and Waste Management Plan highlighting the need to look for appropriate management solutions for radium bearing waste from legacy contaminated sites the creation in 2007 of the National Commission for Assistance in the

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/Publications/Controle-review/Controle-review-195-Management-of-sites-and-soils-polluted-by-radioactivity (2016-01-29)
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