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  • Reducing the average concentration of radon in European countries
    Other associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Reducing the average concentration of radon in European countries Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Reducing the average concentration of radon in European countries a common objective shared by National Authorities which met in Montrouge France 13 11 2014 3 15 pm Note d information Under a joint initiative from ASN and NRPA 20 European countries represented by authorities in charge of Radiation Protection Health Labour and Housing and Landscaping were brought together during a workshop on national radon action plans The objective of the workshop held in ASN s premises from September 30 th to October 2 nd 2014 was to share the views and experiences concerning national strategies for reducing radon exposure of the population and associated lung cancer risk The radon workshop was supported by the World Health Organisation WHO the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA the Heads of European Radiation protection Control Authorities HERCA and the European Commission EC Authorities from USA EPA CRCPD Canada CNSC and Russia FMBA and the European Radon Association ERA also participated in the workshop Following the publication of the new European Basic Safety Standards Directive the Council Directive 2013 59 EURATOM published in January 2014 Member States of the European Union have 4 years to incorporate it and to prepare or update their strategy for reducing radon concentration and the associated national radon action plan This radon workshop has offered the opportunity to compare the actions in place or in preparation in different countries aiming at reducing radon exposure in home and dwellings in buildings with public access i e schools and in workplaces Preventive and corrective solutions associated with incentives and communication to increase the public awareness as well as education and training actions for different actors concerned have been presented and discussed The question about the relative place of regulation in the national strategy has been considered as an important key point While national strategies and action plans may be different from one country to another depending on national circumstances in relation particularly with the number of inhabitants living in radon prone areas all the strategies are based on the common objective of reducing the average concentration in radon in each European country considering that radon is a public health problem that needs to be to managed in coordination with the different sectors in society The main findings agreed by the participants at the workshop Look at the video Workshop radon ASN NRPA sept oct 2014 J L Godet ASN interview What do you expect about the outcomes of this workshop Look at the video Workshop radon ASN NRPA sept oct 2014 P Strand NRPA interview What about the NRPA ASN collaboration Look at the video Workshop radon ASN NRPA sept oct 2014 Dr S Mundigl EU Commission interview What ar the most important requirements in relation

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  • Meeting between European radiation protection authorities and major stakeholders
    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 Meeting between European radiation protection authorities and major stakeholders Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Meeting between European radiation protection authorities and major stakeholders on justification of medical imaging procedures leading to commitments to contribute to improving justification in medical imaging 08 10 2014 12 00 pm Note d information Enlarge the visual On 26 September 2014 HERCA organised a multi stakeholder meeting kindly hosted by the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control in its premises in Brussels The objective of the meeting was to exchange views with a variety of key stakeholders on issues with regard to the application of the principle of justification in medical imaging procedures and the justification process The principle of justification requires that for each medical imaging procedure the positive contribution to patient care sufficiently outweighs any possible detriment caused by the radiation exposure taking into account alternative examination techniques involving no or less radiation exposure HERCA whose objective it is to contribute to a high level of radiation protection in Europe is extremely pleased with the willingness to collaborate expressed by all the participants at the meeting These included International organisations such as the IAEA 1 the WHO and the European Commission A number of major professional radiological organisations such as the ESR including its paediatric sub speciality ESPR EANM EFRS ISRRT EFOMP Patients interests expressed by the PFPS network of WHO Manufacturers of medical equipment represented by COCIR WONCA representing general practitioners as typical referrers All organisations present welcomed HERCA s initiative recognising the importance of the principle of justification of exposures in particular in the medical field All of them welcomed the proposal to commit to measures to improve the justification process Each of them committed to contribute to improving justification in medical imaging identifying specific issues relevant to individual stakeholder organisations Further concrete steps were agreed upon and will be followed up The ultimate goal of these efforts is to avoid unnecessary imaging procedures whereby patients would be submitted to unjustified radiation exposure which would result in patients being unnecessarily exposed to radiation HERCA in its discussions has concluded that isolated actions by national radiation protection authorities or in fact by any individual stakeholder will only result in limited benefit This has prompted it to establish a range of multi stakeholder meetings where collaborative efforts can be discussed by all concerned stakeholders in order that aspects of medical imaging can be substantially improved In offering a platform for collaboration through these multi stakeholder meetings HERCA seeks that actions undertaken or envisaged by different contributors will be transparent compatible with one another and preferably complementary and mutually reinforcing When considered together they will cover all the

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  • Uranium hexafluoride transport packaging: inspection method
    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 Uranium hexafluoride transport packaging inspection method Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN validates the inspection method adopted by Areva NC following an incident affecting a uranium hexafluoride transport packaging 04 09 2014 2 50 pm Note d information Lifting lugs used for handling and stowage of the package Enlarge the visual On 18 th December 2013 ASN was informed by Areva NC of the discovery of a lifting lug weld that had separated from a 48Y 1 cylinder stored on the Pierrelatte site Drôme département Following this discovery and the first checks performed on the 48Y cylinders ASN on 17 th March 2014 asked all those in possession of such cylinders in France to carry out no shipments with these cylinders on the public highway when filled with uranium hexafluoride and to neither handle nor transport 48Y cylinders filled with liquid uranium hexafluoride within the nuclear sites if these operations entail loading of the cylinder lifting lugs and unless the satisfactory strength of these lugs has been checked in accordance with criteria approved by ASN Load testing of lifting lugs AREVA Enlarge the visual Following this request Areva NC proposed a method for inspecting the lifting lugs on the 48Y cylinders based on a visual and magnetic particle inspection of the lifting lug welds a load test with 1 5 times the maximum working load on

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  • ASN renews the mandate of the members of its Scientific Committee
    installation of an EPR at Penly Section map ASN About ASN Activities monitored by ASN The ASN doctrine The ASN strategy The ASN commission The ASN organisation Contact us Technical support ASN s Scientific Committee The IRSN The Advisory Committees Approving organisations and laboratories ASN s 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 ASN renews the mandate of the members of its Scientific Committee Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN renews the mandate of the members of its Scientific Committee 06 08 2014 5 00 pm Note d information By Resolution 2014 0438 of 8th July 2014 the ASN Commission has renewed for four years the mandate of the eight members of the Scientific Committee appointed on the basis of their technical or scientific competence The main task of the ASN Scientific Committee which was created in May 2010 is to examine and give its opinion on the research work to be carried

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  • ASN rates the incident level 2 on the INES scale
    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 ASN rates the incident level 2 on the INES scale Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Irradiation of a worker during an intervention on a defective gamma ray projector ASN rates the incident level 2 on the INES scale 30 07 2014 2 00 pm Communiqué de presse On 16 th July 2014 the Director of the regional agency of the Welding Institute of Latresne Gironde département informed ASN of the accidental exposure of a worker to ionising radiation on 11 th June 2014 During a weld inspection operation carried out by two employees of the Welding Institute on a worksite in Pau Pyrénées Atlantiques department using gamma radiography equipment 1 the radioactive source of the gamma ray projector jammed inside its guide tube Using a metal rod found on site one of the operators managed to free the jammed source and return it to the safe position in the body of the device During this operation the operator was directly exposed to the radiation emitted by the radioactive source Development of the operator s dosimeter revealed that he had received a dose of 22 94 millisieverts in June essentially during that one operation of 11 th June For workers likely to be exposed to ionising radiation in the course of their professional activity the annual regulatory dose limits for twelve consecutive months are 20 millisieverts for the whole body and 500 millisieverts for a skin surface area of 1 cm 2

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  • The European Union member States propose a revision of the Nuclear Safety Directive
    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 The European Union member States propose a revision of the Nuclear Safety Directive Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list The European Union member States propose a revision of the Nuclear Safety Directive 08 07 2014 10 20 am Communiqué de presse ASN is very pleased with the agreement reached on Wednesday 11 th June between the permanent representatives of the 28 member States of the European Union on the proposed revision of the directive establishing a community framework for the safety of nuclear installations The proposal is still to be formally adopted by the Council of the European Union Ministers at a meeting scheduled for 8 th July 2014 Despite a schedule that was constrained by the end of the legislature the European Union member States managed to make substantial improvements to the first nuclear safety directive adopted in 2009 Particularly noteworthy among these are the concepts used in the directive which are convergent with those of the IAEA incident accident nuclear installation design basis accident etc the highlighting of the principles of defence

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  • News releases
    relating to nuclear fuel management Following its examination of the Fuel Cycle file ASN has asked EDF in a letter dated 9 May 2011 to produce a full analysis of sensitivity and uncertainties relating to nuclear fuel management within a year and to update this analysis every two years ASN has also asked EDF to submit to it a new update of the French Fuel Cycle file in 2016 Further requests have also been made regarding technical aspects of management of and developments in new fuels as well as storing spent fuel Read more 11 05 2011 2 48 pm The French safety authority ASN issues specifications for complementary safety evaluation of French nuclear installations in the light of the accident of Fukushima ASN believes that it is essential to learn from the accident which occurred at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as it has been undertaken after the Three Mile Island and the Chernobyl accidents Read more 05 05 2011 2 45 pm ASN organises Second International Seminar on Post Nuclear Accident Management Advances by Codirpa The French Nuclear Safety Authority ASN is organising with the support of the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices OPECST an international seminar on post nuclear accidents i e managing the consequences of a nuclear accident Read more 26 04 2011 10 49 am ASN inspects weld repairs on the reactor vessel head for the Flamanville EPR In November 2010 AREVA NP detected defects in several nozzle penetration welds during its regulatory manufacturing inspections of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor vessel head Read more 22 04 2011 10 47 am ASN continues to prepare specifications for the French audit and European stress tests at nuclear facilities ASN believes that it is essential to learn from the recent accident in Japan in the same way as after the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents The acquisition of in depth feedback will involve a long process stretching over several years Some lessons however can already be learned Read more 19 04 2011 10 41 am ASN oversees occupational health and safety inspection at French nuclear power plants Update on ASN s inspection of the Flamanville 3 site ASN oversees occupational health and safety inspection at French nuclear power plants 1 It provides coordinated oversight of the health safety working conditions and quality of employment of EDF employees as well as those of EDF service providers and subcontractors just as it does for nuclear safety at facilities This activity covers the construction operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants 2 Read more 12 04 2011 10 40 am Preparation of specifications for the French audit and European stress tests ASN believes that it is essential to learn from the recent accident in Japan in the same way as after the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents The acquisition of in depth feedback will involve a long process stretching over several years Read more 07 04 2011 10 39 am ASN issues

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  • ASN gives a level 2 rating on the INES scale to an incident
    UN organisations Other associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases ASN gives a level 2 rating on the INES scale to an incident Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN gives a level 2 rating on the INES scale to an incident which occurred during radiographic inspections leading to exposure of a worker from the SGS Qualitest Industrie company 07 07 2014 2 00 pm Communiqué de presse On 18 th April 2014 ASN was informed by the DCNS of an incident which occurred during the night of 17 th to 18 th April 2014 during radiographic inspections on the Nantes Indret à La Montagne site département 44 A team consisting of an operator from the OTECMI company s Plabennec office département 29 and an operator from the SGS Qualitest Industrie company s Harfleur office département 76 was carrying out radiographic inspections using a gamma ray projector containing a sealed radioactive source of iridium 192 with an activity of 1 95 TBq terabecquerels in one of the workshops on the DCNS site During a radiographic inspection the radioactive source is ejected and guided through a tube to the exterior of the device opposite the parts to be inspected behind which films are placed The source is then located at a certain distance from the device After the inspection the source is returned to the device which constitutes a protective shield against the ionising radiation These operations are performed by means of remote control A safety zone is set up around the device When the radioactive source is in the protection position the operator can approach the parts to be inspected in order to remove or position the

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