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  • EPR reactor : conformity of its heavy lifting gear in EDF nuclear power plants
    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 EPR reactor conformity of its heavy lifting gear in EDF nuclear power plants Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list EPR reactor ASN requires that EDF ensure the conformity of its heavy lifting gear in its nuclear power plants 20 12 2013 4 17 pm Note d information Schema of the polar crane and lifting and handling equipment In red additional trolleys Enlarge the visual On 13 th December 2013 further to the ASN inspectors findings concerning lifting and handling equipment for large components in NPPs ASN asked EDF to ensure the conformity of this equipment prior to any use ASN is responsible for labour inspectorate duties in NPPs and can thus carry out checks on lifting equipment With regard to the situation observed this Autumn on the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor construction site the ASN labour inspectors repeatedly sent requests to EDF concerning the conformity of the equipment to be used to install the largest reactor equipment items This lifting equipment consists of the polar crane located at the top of the reactor building and additional trolleys specific to these handling operations The labour inspectors identified deviations and asked a specialised accredited organisation to run a complete and thorough check on the equipment the final results of which

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  • Interventional Radiology: ASN gives a level 2 rating on the Ines scale
    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 Interventional Radiology ASN gives a level 2 rating on the Ines scale Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Interventional Radiology ASN gives a level 2 rating on the Ines scale to an event in which the annual dose for a health care professional was exceeded in Saint Eloi Hospital Montpellier Hérault regional university hospital 18 12 2013 10 47 am Note d information On 30 th May 2013 ASN was informed that the passive dosimeter results for a radiation therapy technician in Saint Eloi hospital of the Montpellier CHRU had integrated over the last quarter of 2012 an effective dose of 32 mSv This result is higher than the regulation annual limit set at 20 millisieverts The hospital initially assumed malfunctioning or incorrect use of the dosimeter Upon receipt of the incident notification ASN then asked the hospital to investigate further and to report on the occupational physician s conclusions Following receipt of the event report in November 2013 ASN carried out an inspection of the department on November 6 th in order to more closely examine the circumstances in which this event occurred and conduct an on site investigation of the radiation protection organisation The analysis carried out by the dosimeter supplier and the investigations conducted by the competent person in radiation protection and the occupational physician at the hospital concluded that the

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  • Supervision of the EPR reactor: Information notice No. 15
    responsible for monitoring these operations suspended performance of the equipment assembly and transfer operations while AREVA NP identified the causes of this deviation and proposed satisfactory corrective measures The analysis of the causes of the deviation revealed that it resulted firstly from human and organisational related factors and secondly from shortcomings in the specification of the requirements applicable to the installation operations and their monitoring ASN asked AREVA NP to make the necessary changes in the organisation and the NPE installation documentation ASN accepted that implementation of these changes be staggered in time considering that installation of the three way valves could be continued once the documentation had undergone a first modification and on condition that AREVA NP ensures full tracking of the inspections performed In early September 2013 AREVA NP proposed ASN a method for identifying and correcting all the shortcomings in the technical documentation used for the first installation sequence such that each requirement to be met during the operations is correctly specified with a document certifying the results of the required inspections This method will also be applied for the subsequent sequences ASN considers that the method proposed by AREVA NP allows continuous improvement in the documentation while guaranteeing application of all the associated requirements ASN thus informed AREVA NP on 24th September 2013 that the first installation sequence operations could be resumed under the surveillance of the approved inspection bodies Preparation for operation of the Flamanville 3 reactor The EDF entity responsible for operation of the future Flamanville 3 EPR reactor called Flamanville 3 NPP currently comprises about 350 employees The reactor construction activities are supervised by another EDF entity called Aménagement de Flamanville 3 Flamanville 3 Development which is also in charge of the start up operations A process is currently underway to gradually transfer responsibility for operation and maintenance of the structures systems and components from the Flamanville 3 Development entity to the Flamanville 3 NPP entity in preparation for the commissioning of the reactor The steps of this process enable the NPP staff to acquire the necessary skills familiarise themselves with the reactor equipment produce the operating documentation and develop the appropriate tools In this preliminary phase ASN s oversight of the preparation of the entity tasked with future operation of the reactor is based on two types of action an annual meeting with senior management of the Flamanville 3 NPP entity and its representatives at which the future licensee presents its review of the preparation for reactor operation over the past year and its prospects for the year to come these meetings have been held since 2011 on site inspections specifically dedicated to the Flamanville 3 NPP one per year between 2010 and 2012 and two scheduled in 2013 on the themes of organisation the development of skills production of the operating documentation and transfer of the structures systems and components On 4th September 2013 ASN carried out an inspection on the planned organisation for the transfer of the structures systems and

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  • ASN receives ISO 17 020 accreditation
    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 receives ISO 17 020 accreditation Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN s Nuclear Pressure Equipment Department ASN DEP receives ISO 17 020 accreditation 23 09 2013 4 05 pm Note d information Since 1 st July 2013 ASN has been accredited in compliance with ISO IEC 17 020 as a type A 1 inspection body in the field of manufacturing and in service monitoring of nuclear pressure equipment 2 This accreditation is the result of a proactive approach by ASN and follows a recommendation by an IAEA experts group during the course of an ASN audit mission 3 carried out in late 2006 IAEA had noticed that the regulations covering nuclear pressure equipment entailed the use of notified bodies 4 and accredited in compliance with standard ISO 17 020 and therefore recommended that ASN some of whose duties were equivalent to those of a notified body demonstrates that it had the qualifications and expertise necessary for these inspection bodies and that it met the criteria of the international standards in this field In response to this recommendation ASN decided to have the department responsible for the oversight of nuclear pressure equipment DEP based in Dijon formally accredited by the French accreditation committee COFRAC in compliance with international standard ISO 17 020 For the candidate inspection body

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  • ASN prepares the sixth Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety
    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 prepares the sixth Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN makes public the National Report of France established for the sixth Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety 18 09 2013 4 23 pm Note d information In order to comply with the obligations of the Convention on Nuclear Safety 1 CNS the sixth National Report of France for which the drafting is coordinated by ASN has been submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA and uploaded on ASN website on 14 th August 2013 This Convention applies to all civil nuclear power generating reactors operated worldwide and new builds it sets a number of nuclear safety objectives for them Therefore most of this report is dedicated to the measures taken in order to ensure their safety However France has taken the initiative to extend the scope of its National Report by including safety of research reactors Prepared with contributions from the licensees of the nuclear installations concerned EDF CEA ILL IRSN the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Mission

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  • News releases
    be made in light of the Fukushima accident The findings will be passed on to ENSREG the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group ENSREG which could draw on them to help it meet requests from the Council of the European Union and European Commission Read more 04 03 2011 10 22 am Quarterly assessment of radiotherapy events classified as level 1 on the ASN SFRO scale reported between 1 July and 31 December 2010 Seventy nine significant radiation protection events including four in brachytherapy classified as level 1 on the ASN SFRO scale were reported between 1 July and 31 December 2010 Read more 23 02 2011 10 19 am Meeting between the French Nuclear Safety Authority and the Belgian Nuclear Control Agency The French Belgian Nuclear Safety Steering Committee held its annual meeting on 27 January 2011 in Brussels Read more 18 02 2011 9 14 am Level 2 incident on INES scale concerning back up diesel generators at Tricastin nuclear power plant ASN rated at level 2 on INES scale an incident reported by EDF on February 16 2011 concerning back up diesel generators at Tricastin NPP The back up diesel generators are used to supply safety systems of reactors in the event of loss of power by the national network Each nuclear reactor is equipped with two back up diesel generators An additional back up generator is available for all reactors on the same site Each of these groups is sufficient to supply the systems necessary to ensure the safety of the reactor shutdown Read more 10 02 2011 5 21 pm Information notice No 10 ASN continues inspections at the EPR Flamanville reactor construction site During the second half of 2010 ASN continued its inspection activities at the Flamanville 3 EPR construction site Read more 19 01 2011 12 59 pm Jean Jacques Dumont and Philippe Jamet were appointed ASN commissioners by Presidential decree on 15 December 2010 Jean Jacques Dumont was designated by the President of the Republic He took over from Marc Sanson whose term of office ended on 12 November 2010 Read more 17 01 2011 5 24 pm HERCA Statement on the justification of full body scanners using X rays for security purposes On 1 December 2010 at the 6th meeting held in Paris of the association HERCA which brings together the Heads of European Radiological protection Competent Authorities HERCA has approved a Statement on the justification of full body scanners using X rays for security purposes Read more 13 01 2011 5 00 pm Nuclear safety serves the general interest ASN rigorously and responsibly fulfils its monitoring duties On the occasion of the New Year the French Nuclear Safety Authority ASN through its president Mr André Claude Lacoste presented his best wishes to the press on 11 January Read more 06 12 2010 10 44 am European Commission adopts draft directive on management of radioactive waste and spent fuel On 3 November 2010 the European Commission officially adopted a draft directive 1

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  • Event notification Exposure incident of a worker rated level 2 on the INES
    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 Event notification Exposure incident of a worker rated level 2 on the INES Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Event notification Exposure incident of a worker rated level 2 on the INES CEA Grenoble 05 09 2013 6 52 pm Communiqué de presse On 3r d September 2013 the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission CEA and one of its outside contractors D S notified ASN of an exposure incident of a worker from D S The exposure occurred on 23rd August 2013 during low level waste and rubble sorting operation at the Laboratory of Activated Material Analysis LAMA under decommissioning Within the next few days ASN will conduct inspections of D S and CEA in order to determine the circumstances of the event to check the operation conditions and to investigate the causes of this event The results of the analysis on the passive dosimeter 1 of the worker which was carried out by IRSN indicated a value exceeding one of the

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  • Transport of radioactive material in France
    such as spent fuel or vitrified high level long lived nuclear waste must be designed such that safety is guaranteed including in the event of transport accident which is represented by a 9m drop onto an unyielding surface A 1m drop onto a spike a fully engulfing fire of at least 800 C for 30 minutes and immersion in water Given the level of risk associated with these packages they are subject to an approval delivered by a competent authority ASN in France The approval confirms that the package design complies with the requirements of the applicable international regulations To get this approval the designer of any new transport package design must demonstrate the package s conformity with the regulations in a safety analysis report transmitted to ASN along with the approval application ASN then calls on the IRSN to assess this safety analysis report ASN takes the decision to deliver an approval certificate on the basis of this technical examination possibly combined with requests for further information to be added to the safety analysis report before the next approval renewal deadline For lower risk packages referred to as packages not subject to ASN approval excepted packages non fissile industrial and type A packages the regulations do not require ASN approval The design and performance of the tests are the responsibility of the packaging manufacturer or owner At the request of ASN they must be able to demonstrate that the package type complies with the applicable requirements A certificate from the packaging manufacturer or owner attesting full compliance with the model specifications for each package must be held at the disposal of ASN These packages and their safety case files are regularly checked by the ASN inspectors ASN produces a report on the state of the safety of the transport of radioactive material In 2012 ASN produced a report on the state of the safety of the transport of radioactive material used for civil purposes in France drawing on the ASN inspection reports and on the events notified by the consignors and shippers between 2007 and 2011 Based on these data areas for improvement were identified for the various stages in the transport of radioactive material Given the large number of packages transported ASN considers that the level of safety of the transport of radioactive material in France is relatively satisfactory It has however identified certain areas for progress concerning three fields BNIs small scale nuclear facilities and transport companies On leaving the BNI package conformity must be checked more thoroughly Improvements could be made to improve the verification of package conformity with the requirements of the regulations and the provisions of the package model safety analysis report More specifically stricter guarantees of the conformity of the procedures with these requirements must be provided at all stages in the life of the package from design and preparation up to reception The organisational human and material resources necessary for implementation of these requirements must be adequate The use of appropriate procedures

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