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  • ASN / NRPA protocol
    Resources Project concerning the 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 NRPA protocol Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority sign a Protocol on early notification and information exchange in the event of a nuclear or radiological accident or incident 02 07 2014 4 15 pm Note d information ASN NRPA protocol Enlarge the visual Ole Harbitz Director General of the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority NRPA and Jean Christophe Niel Director General of the ASN have signed at ASN premises on 2 July 2014 a Protocol on early notification and information exchange in the event of a nuclear or radiological accident

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  • Chairmanship of the Steering Technical Committee of MDEP
    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 Chairmanship of the Steering Technical Committee of MDEP Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Appointment of Sophie Mourlon Deputy Director General of the ASN as Chair of the Steering Technical Committee of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme MDEP 23 06 2014 12 20 pm Note d information Sophie Mourlon Deputy Director General of the ASN Enlarge the visual Since January 2014 Sophie Mourlon Deputy Director General of the ASN chairs the Steering Technical Committee STC of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme MDEP The STC oversees the work of technical groups within the MDEP Sophie MOURLON chaired the 23th STC meeting which was held on 13 and 16 May 2014 on the

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  • Review of new reactor designs
    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 Review of new reactor designs Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN and top regulators meet with stakeholders to discuss the review of new reactor designs 23 06 2014 11 20 am Note d information ASN and top regulators meet with stakeholders to discuss the review of new reactor designs Enlarge the visual The 3 rd Multinational Design Evaluation Programme MDEP Conference on New Reactor Design Activities was held in Washington on 14 15 May 2014 This conference was attended by almost 150 people from national regulators including 14 regulatory bodies members of the MDEP international organizations 1 and nuclear industry 2 from more than 17 countries The closing session was co chaired by Pierre Franck Chevet Chairman of the ASN and Allison Macfarlane Chairman of the US NRC US regulatory body and current Chairman of the MDEP This conference provided an opportunity to national regulatory bodies members of the MDEP including the ASN to present the progress of work of the programme and to industrial stakeholders to present their on going activities related to new reactor designs and to provide feedback on MDEP activities and future Allison Macfarlane highlighted the progress of the programme since its inception in 2006 at the initiative of André Claude Lacoste who was the first Chairman of the programme These achievements helped to improve the cooperation of national regulatory bodies on new reactors design reviews on control of the construction or of the commissioning of reactors under construction The Chairman of the MDEP had furthermore outlined various interactions between the MDEP and safety related initiatives carried out within the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA and the OECD Nuclear energy Agency NEA The Conference was divided into seven sessions 3 linked to most important issues raised among regulators facing new reactors reviewing In each of these sessions MDEP stakeholders stressed the need to continue the work on harmonization of the regulation and international practises and to anticipate upcoming new reactor reviews to be undertaken in the future notably by taking benefit from knowledge already acquired through MDEP Messages from the stakeholders will be considered by MDEP to inform its future Last Sophie Mourlon Deputy Director General of the ASN chaired the 23 rd meeting of the Steering Technical Committee STC of the MDEP which was held on 13 and 16 May 2014 on the side of the MDEP Conference Since January 2014 Sophie Mourlon chairs the STC which oversees the work of technical groups within the MDEP Learn more Consult the section International on the ASN website

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  • Uncontrolled release of radioactive effluents into the public sewerage system
    reclassifies the most significant of these events notified in August 2013 level 2 on the INES scale owing to insufficient monitoring of the effluents network and the absence of safety culture ASN remains attentive to the implementation of the corrective measures On 2 nd August 2013 ASN was informed by the Haut Lévêque hospital in Pessac that an abnormal level of radioactivity had been discovered in a wastewater drain pipe Investigations showed that radioactive effluents from the vectorised internal radiotherapy 1 rooms were being discharged directly into the public sewerage network instead of being routed to the radioactive decay tanks between August 2012 and 27 th July 2013 owing to a piping connection error The connection had been defective since works were carried out in August 2012 This abnormal level of radioactivity was detected by the hospital by chance on 27 th July 2013 during a contamination check on a puddle of water rainwater leak during a storm present in a room located under the metabolic radiotherapy rooms This check was the result of a previous event on 21 st July 2013 during which a leak of radioactive effluents had been discovered in the same sector As soon as this contamination was discovered the hospital suspended the treatments until the piping had been correctly repaired This was completed on 9 th August 2013 On 16 th September 2013 ASN thus asked the hospital to submit it a programme for complete renovation of the radioactive effluents evacuation networks It asked that this plan specify the steps taken to ensure technical monitoring of the works and check correct performance ASN also requested that a programme of regular dose rate checks in the vicinity of the pipes be set up The hospital sent ASN its action plan on 13 th February 2014 ASN nonetheless asked the hospital on 28 th March 2014 to also carry out an assessment of the impact of the discharges on persons liable to be carrying out an activity exposing them to the wastewater sewerage workers wastewater treatment plant personnel ASN also requested the hospital to specify the technical solutions adopted for renovation of the network and the schedule of the related works ASN will in particular check the performance of the corrective measures to be implemented by the hospital On 16 th May 2014 ASN thus called the hospital management and the head of the nuclear medicine unit to a meeting Moreover in response to an ASN request of 21 st November 2013 the hospital stated on 13 th February 2014 that the total activity released was estimated at 244 gigabecquerels GBq of iodine 131 According to the hospital the doses received by the hospital staff working in the sector affected did not exceed 1 millisievert mSv which is the annual dose limit admissible for a member of the public ASN observes that this incident occurred even though two other events concerning the storage of radioactive effluents had been notified to ASN by the hospital in April and

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  • ASN 2013 Report
    in the field of radiation protection the Belleville Chinon and Chooz sites in the field of environmental protection With regard to the installations of the Areva group ASN considers that efforts must be continued particularly for the recovery and packaging of legacy waste on the La Hague site For the Romans sur Isère fuel fabrication site FBFC ASN will conduct reinforced oversight of the facility in 2014 in order to improve the nuclear safety performance of this licensee This reinforced oversight will in particular include the organisation of an in depth inspection at the end of the year With regard to CEA ASN considers that the major commitments approach it has been implementing for the past 4 years needs to be continued and reinforced Any postponement must be duly justified and be discussed beforehand with ASN For facilities which have undergone partial review or reinforcement justified by the imminence of an outage such as Osiris Eole and Minerve ASN will be attentive to compliance with the schedules proposed by CEA ASN will remain vigilant in ensuring that CEA performs exhaustive periodic safety reviews of its facilities so that ASN can conduct its examination in satisfactory conditions In the medical field the ASN inspections in radiotherapy centres confirm that the trend is on the whole positive with an increase in human resources in medical radiation physics The improvement in the management of the safety and quality of the care given to patients is encouraging even if it varies widely With regard to medical imaging the management of exposure to ionising radiation is a priority objective for ASN The inspections carried out by ASN in the field of imaging as well as the experience feedback from the events notified to it highlighted shortcomings in the optimisation of practices Progress in this field notably involves more detailed knowledge of the doses delivered checks on the quality of the imaging equipment and an increase in the numbers of medical physicists The ASN Chairman Pierre Franck Chevet underlined the unprecedented stakes for the future The operating life extension of the existing reactors beyond the fourth ten yearly safety review is anything but a foregone conclusion Several vital conditions must be met Firstly the equipment important for safety such as the reactor vessel or the containment must continue to meet the requirements set for them The facilities must also be reassessed in the light of the most recent safety requirements which apply to the new generation of reactors such as the EPR Finally the improvements requested further to the stress tests carried out after the Fukushima accident must be implemented The ASN Chairman specified that the periodic safety reviews held every ten years are one of the cornerstones of safety in France requiring that the licensee not only maintain the level of safety of its facility but also improve it The dates of the ten yearly outages are not aligned with the ten year anniversaries of the reactors as a first intermediate review is held shortly

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  • ITER: first inspection on the site of a foreign supplier.
    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 ITER first inspection on the site of a foreign supplier Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ITER first inspection on the site of a foreign supplier ASN underlines the improvements to be made to the monitoring of the subcontractor chain 31 01 2014 12 30 pm Note d information On 19 th December 2013 ASN performed the first inspection abroad in the plant of a company responsible for manufacturing certain segments of the ITER facility s vacuum containment 1 The inspection took place in Italy Monfalcone Friuli Schematic diagram of the components of the ITER tokamak ITER Organisation Enlarge the visual The ASN inspectors checked the ITER Organisation s oversight of the project subcontractors involved in the manufacture of these components They in particular examined the steps taken to ensure that the safety requirements are met by the entire subcontractor chain For the manufacture of these segments the subcontractor chain is as follows the ITER Organisation nuclear licensee responsible for the safety of its facility the agency called the European domestic agency tasked by the European partners in the ITER project with the supply of this part of the vacuum containment tier 1 subcontractor the Italian industrial consortium group of industrial firms responsible for manufacturing this part of the vacuum containment tier 2 subcontractor the subcontractors and suppliers of

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  • Additional requirements for implementation of the "hardened safety core"
    will apply to all the NPPs in operation as well as to the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor currently under construction ASN recalls the other measures concerning EDF NPPs decided on further to the stress tests In its opinion of 3rd January 2012 further to the stress tests ASN underlined the fact that it would be requiring the licensees to comply with a range of measures and reinforce the safety requirements concerning the natural risks earthquake and flooding the prevention of risks linked to the other industrial activities to subcontractor oversight and to processing of deviations These measures were imposed by 32 ASN resolutions each setting out about thirty additional prescriptions applicable to EDF s NPPs to AREVA s facilities and to certain CEA reactors The corresponding measures should lead to a significant increase in the safety margins beyond the design basis margins of the facilities Over and above the hardened safety core EDF is required to comply with the following prescriptions the Nuclear rapid intervention force FARN which ASN confirmed was able to intervene by late 2012 and which will be fully operational no later than the end of 2014 This force can provide assistance to a damaged site by providing specialised teams to back up those of the plant concerned and mobile equipment to supply additional water and electricity A number of modifications were therefore made to the reactors to make it easier to connect this equipment brought on site by the FARN pending the deployment of the 58 ultimate backup diesel generator sets for all the reactors medium power generator sets were added to each reactor before 30th June 2013 additional training to its staff for intervention in the event of an earthquake and a severe accident In its opinion of 3rd January 2012 ASN also recalled that social organisational and human factors were a key aspect of safety Over and above the requirements in this field imposed by the ASN resolutions of 26th June 2012 improving and reinforcing operator training taking account of intervention conditions in an emergency situation considering the psychological stress on staff working in these situations etc ASN set up a pluralistic working group on these subjects the Social organisational and human factors steering committee COFSOH In 2013 two plenary meetings of this committee produced an inventory of the work initiated by three working groups on the following topics subcontracting in a normal operating situation organisation and intervention conditions the use of subcontracting legal questions management of emergency situations In its opinion ASN also recommended that the draft order setting out the general rules concerning BNIs which it had prepared jointly with the Ministries responsible for nuclear safety be signed as rapidly as possible This order was signed on 7th February 2012 and will make a significant contribution to improving safety in more specifically sets new requirements concerning oversight of external contractors by the nuclear licensees taking account of combinations of situations when demonstrating nuclear safety detecting and processing deviations management of the technical

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  • Proposed revision of the European directive on nuclear safety
    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 Proposed revision of the European directive on nuclear safety Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Proposed revision of the European directive on nuclear safety ASN identifies the steps in the right direction and highlights the subjects still to be dealt with 15 01 2014 12 25 pm Note d information ASN is today making public its opinion on the proposed revision of the European directive on nuclear safety which constitutes the legislative and regulatory framework underpinning the safety of the nuclear facilities of the Member States of the European Union ASN highlights those aspects of the proposed revision of this directive which it considers to be steps in the right direction At the same time it underlines those subjects which still need to be addressed in order to give the European nuclear safety framework its full scope and potential The European directive on nuclear safety published in 2009 determines fundamental obligations and general principles with regard to the nuclear safety of nuclear

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