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  • ASN reminds all operators of the regulations concerning industrial radiography
    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 reminds all operators of the regulations concerning industrial radiography Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN reminds all operators of the regulations concerning industrial radiography 13 12 2012 1 32 pm Note d information ASN is concerned by the increasing number of industrial radiography incidents observed in recent years This rise is indicative of a lack of radiation protection culture and of risk awareness on the part of the industrial radiography operators In the light of this situation ASN has sended a circular letter out to all operators reminding them of the regulations and asking that improvements be made in the preparation of the work and when managing incidents primarily related to source blocking ASN also envisages reinforcing the relevant regulations and points out that alternative methods do exist and should be

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  • Marseille : loss of a package containing medical radioactive fluorine
    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 Marseille loss of a package containing medical radioactive fluorine Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN reclassifies to level 2 the incident involving the loss of a package containing medical radioactive fluorine during a transport operation in Nimes 03 12 2012 3 08 pm Communiqué de presse ASN has reclassified to level 2 rating on the INES scale the incident involving the loss of a transport package containing radioactive substances which occurred in Nimes on 19 November 2012 This package shipped by CIS BIO International was intended for Nimes University Hospital and contained a radioactive liquid fluorine 18 source for medical use The office of the Prefect of the Gard département and ASN have published information on their websites to inform the public and specify what to do in the event of the package being found The package has so far not been found The vial initially contained fluorine 18 with an activity of about 20 gigabecquerels the becquerel being the unit used to measure the radioactivity present in a source Fluorine 18 is a radioactive element used for diagnostic tests in nuclear medicine more commonly called scintigraphy test The radioactive half life of this radioactive element is 1 hour and 50 minutes which means that it naturally loses half of its radioactivity every 110 minutes By now therefore the vial has lost most of its radioactivity and is no longer a health risk However on the day the package was lost the vial was a significant radiological risk for anyone finding themselves nearby especially if the source

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  • Meeting between Pierre-Franck Chevet & Yukiya Amano
    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 Meeting between Pierre Franck Chevet Yukiya Amano Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Meeting between Pierre Franck Chevet ASN President and Yukiya Amano IAEA Director General 30 11 2012 5 35 pm Note d information Pierre Franck Chevet President of the Autorité de sûreté nucléaire ASN received Yukiya Amano Director General of the IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency in the ASN Headquarters on 20 November on the occasion of his two day visit to Paris 19 20 November This meeting was an opportunity to discuss the IAEA post Fukushima Ministerial Conference which will be held in Japan from 14 to 17 December 2012 Among the topics covered by Mr Chevet and Mr Amano were the question of experience feedback from the Fukushima accident and the need for international work and more wide ranging exchanges by means of the peer review mechanism The lessons learned from the stress tests performed in Europe were also discussed

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  • First session of the ASN commission in its new configuration
    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 First session of the ASN commission in its new configuration Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list First session of the ASN commission in its new configuration 19 11 2012 6 57 pm Note d information On Monday 12 November 2012 Pierre Franck Chevet who is succeeding André Claude Lacoste as ASN Chairman and Margot Tirmarche who is succeeding Marie Pierre Comets as an ASN Commissioner took part in an extraordinary session of the Commission expanded to include these two members This handover session was in particular devoted to the initial measures of the recently created Committee on social organisational and human

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  • ASN Appointments
    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 Appointments Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Pierre Franck Chevet is appointed ASN Chairman Margot Tirmarche is appointed ASN Commissioner 14 11 2012 10 26 am Communiqué de presse Pierre Franck Chevet is appointed Chairman of ASN by decree of the President of the Republic dated 9 November 2012 for a period of 6 years He succeeds André Claude Lacoste who was appointed Chairman of ASN in 2006 and whose mandate expires on 12 November 2012 Margot Tirmarche is appointed ASN Commissioner by decree of the President of the Republic dated 9 November 2012 as the member designated by the President of the National Assembly for a period of 6 years She succeeds Marie Pierre Comets appointed ASN Commissioner in 2006 and whose mandate expires on 12 November 2012 Pierre Franck Chevet began his career in ASN in September 1986 and he occupied several positions of responsibility in succession After being deputy head of the Nuclear Construction Oversight Office he became deputy director in charge of nuclear power generating reactors PWR and Superphenix and then assistant to André Claude Lacoste In September 1995 after nine years in ASN he was appointed head of the regional directorate for industry research and the environment of the Alsace region In this capacity he acted as ASN s regional representative in particular with respect to regulatory oversight of the Fessenheim and Cattenom nuclear power plants In September 1999 he joined the Nord Pas de Calais region as regional director for industry research and the environment and was appointed head of the Ecole des Mines in Douai In this capacity he acted as ASN s regional representative in particular with respect to regulatory oversight of the Gravelines nuclear power plant From February 2005 to February 2007 he was special adviser to the office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for energy industry research and the environment He in particular took part in drafting the June 2006 Acts on transparency and nuclear security and on the management of nuclear materials and waste In February 2007 he was appointed Director General at the General Directorate for Energy and Raw Materials Since July 2008 he has been Director General at the General Directorate for Energy and Climate Mr Chevet is a graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique X Class of 1981 and the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l Administration Economique ENSAE 1986 He is a general engineering graduate from the Ecole des Mines Margot Tirmarche is an epidemiologist whose activity focuses primarily on the study of the risks of cancer as related to exposure to ionising radiation in particular radon In 1976 in the IGR Institut Gustave Roussy she took part in an international epidemiological survey in order to gain a clearer picture of the risk factors

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  • Flamanville reactor n°1: leak on a reactor coolant system auxiliary line
    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 Flamanville reactor n 1 leak on a reactor coolant system auxiliary line Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Flamanville reactor n 1 detection and stoppage of a leak on a reactor coolant system auxiliary line 26 10 2012 6 03 pm Note d information On Thursday 25 October ASN was informed by EDF that a leak had occurred on an auxiliary line of the reactor n 1 coolant system in the Flamanville NPP Manche département on 24 October 2012 at 23h15 This reactor had been shut down for maintenance and refuelling since the end of July 2012 and was now entering the final restart phase the reactor coolant system was operating at a pressure of more than 150 bar and a temperature of close to 300

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  • Supervision of the EPR reactor: Information notice No. 13
    the whole satisfactory as is EDF oversight of its contractors In addition in March 2012 EDF informed ASN of the presence of empty spaces behind the recesses accommodating the gates 4 of the reactor building pools this partial filling with concrete results from activities that took place in the summer of 2011 before the implementation of additional measures for complex concreting work EDF detected this defect at Flamanville through application of experience feedback from the Olkiluoto reactor where a similar anomaly had been observed The repairs undertaken by EDF were subject to unannounced inspection by ASN on 21st August 2012 Although ASN notes that EDF has endeavoured to turn the experience feedback from the Olkiluoto construction site to good account it will remain attentive to the final construction quality that is to say after inspection and repair of the EPR reactor pools Repair of the reactor vessel closure head AREVA NP informed ASN first at the end of 2010 and then in 2011 of the detection of two major quality deviations during manufacture of the Flamanville EPR reactor vessel closure head The deviations concerned firstly in autumn 2010 detection of a large number of defects in the adapters welds located on the vessel closure head secondly in June 2011 during repair operations to correct the previous defects detection of insufficient thickness in the buttering metal layer located under these welds The processing of these deviations led AREVA NP in July 2011 to propose a large scale repair solution to ASN involving completely redoing several steps in the vessel head manufacturing process The first of these steps consisting in eliminating all the welds and the buttering metal of 50 adapters out of a total of 105 During this step AREVA NP was specifically monitored by the APAVE 5 and ASN The operations ran with no major difficulties other than a machining machine programming anomaly which had no impact on the quality of the vessel closure head but led ASN to suspend the closure head repair operations AREVA NP proposed corrective and preventive measures involving introducing safety mechanisms in the machining programs stepping up internal monitoring and implementing additional checks ASN approved this plan of actions and authorised resumption of the repair operations two months after their suspension An inspection carried out in July 2012 confirmed the progress of the operations following the implementation of these actions and allowed AREVA NP s experience feedback to be examined during this first phase of machining of the welds and butterings No corrective actions were demanded further to this inspection ASN approved the continuation of the repair operations consisting in eliminating the welds and buttering metal from the remaining 55 adapters At the end of this second phase AREVA NP will perform a complete inspection of the closure head base metal under the removed welds After examining the results of these inspections ASN will decide on the continuation of the repair operations which will involve resuming fabrication of the closure head still with tightened monitoring

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  • European Stress Tests
    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 European Stress Tests Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN has reservations about the communication of the European Commission 05 10 2012 11 32 am Communiqué de presse ASN notes the communication of the European Commission on Thursday October 4 2012 on stress tests on nuclear power plants in Europe conducted after the Fukushima disaster claims to be based on the results published in the stress tests final report adopted on April 26 2012 ASN regrets the working methodology used by the Commission for drawing its conclusions These conclusions ignore some important recommendations of the stress tests final report ASN emphasizes the quality of stress tests which were requested by the Heads of State and government at the European Council on March 25 2011 The stress tests were conducted from June 2011 to April 2012 This exercise mobilized considerable expertise in different countries 500 men year under the responsibility of each national Safety Authority ASN participated significantly within the framework of ENSREG European Regular Safety Nuclear Group in collaboration with the European Commission The European Commission adopted with ENSREG the final stress tests Report on April 26 2012 and issued the same day a joint statement underlining the quality of the exercise The whole exercise was conducted using a transparent methodology The full report and a summary of the 45 recommendations are published on www ensreg eu The results of the stress tests pointed out in particular that nuclear power plants offered a sufficient safety level to require no shutdown of any of them At the same time improvements were needed to enhance their robustness to extreme situations In France they were imposed by ASN requirements which have taken into account exchanges with its European counterparts After this joint work ASN l ike the other European Safety Authorities was not involved after this joint work in the preparation of documents published by the Commission on 4 October It had no knowledge of the methodology used or the entities and persons involved in this work Beyond this ASN has reservations about the conclusions of the European Commission which for example ignore some important recommendations of the final report of stress tests adopted on April 26 2012 such as the consideration of multiple accidents on the same plant or the need of external means for rapid response in case of accident A Follow up European action plan of recommendations of the stress tests was established in compliance with

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