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  • Incident at Mafelec : ASN reclassifies the event to level 2
    associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Incident at Mafelec ASN reclassifies the event to level 2 Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Radiological protection incident at Mafelec Isère ASN reclassifies the event to level 2 on the INES scale 21 07 2008 12 00 am Note d information ASN was notified on 7th October 2008 by the Isère prefecture of a radiological protection incident that had occurred at Mafelec s Chimilin site relating to radiation emitted by lift buttons manufactured by the company ASN had inspected the Mafelec site on the afternoon of 8th October with technical support from the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety IRSN who had taken measurements to identify the levels of exposure The incident was provisionally classified by ASN on 8th October as a level 1 event on the INES scale ASN has decided to reclassify this event as l evel 2 on the INES radiological event scale as more than 10 people within Mafelec were exposed to doses exceeding the regulatory public exposure limit ASN is submitting an official report to the Public Prosecutor citing Mafelec as being responsible for several offences relating in particular to the Public Health Code ASN has contacted various parties in order to assess the international ramifications of this incident and has taken preventive measures in France The ASN inspections The ASN inspection on 8th October revealed that the packages of goods contaminated with Cobalt 60 arrived on the Mafelec site on 21st August Furthermore the reconstitution of doses to which the different workstations are likely to have been exposed revealed that out of the thirty people exposed twenty or so employees were exposed to doses of between approximately 1 mSv millisievert and 3 mSv levels to be compared with the maximum regulatory exposure limit of 1 mSv year for the public and workers in the non nuclear sector The ASN inspection on 10th October at Roissy airport in collaboration with the civil aviation department determined the exact circumstances of the shipment by Mafelec s freight company of a package of lift buttons contaminated with Cobalt 60 This package was found to be radioactive on 17th September but the fact that the detection gate was triggered was not reported to the authorities This package was shipped to the USA and was detected on its arrival A second package of lift buttons contaminated with Cobalt 60 and originating from Mafelec was in the freight zone on the day of the inspection The inspectors contained the package in an area set aside for radioactive packages Of 400 packages of this type shipped every year to the USA and routinely inspected only the two aforementioned packages were found to present anomalies during the radioactivity inspection which confirms the theory of one off contamination of metal products from India ASN s international contacts ASN contacted the Nuclear

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  • Rupture of an underground pipe of uranium liquid discharges
    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 Rupture of an underground pipe of uranium liquid discharges Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Rupture of an underground pipe of uranium liquid discharges at the FBFC plant in Romans sur Isere Drôme 18 07 2008 12 30 pm Note d information On July 17 2008 at 5 pm the Franco Belgian fuel manufacturing plant FBFC group AREVA NP located in Romans sur Isere in the French Drôme département informed ASN of the rupture of an underground pipe of uranium liquid discharges ASN decided to conduct a reactive inspection Three inspectors from the ASN division of Lyon visited the site on the night of July 17 2008 to July 18 2008 to examine the exact circumstances of the

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  • Spillage of uranium-bearing effluents into the environment (SOCATRI)
    Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Spillage of uranium bearing effluents into the environment SOCATRI Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Spillage of uranium bearing effluents into the environment at the SOCATRI nuclear facility Vaucluse France 17 07 2008 12 00 am Note d information During the night of July 7 to 8 2008 an incident occurred at the site of the SOCATRI company A tank of the Uranium bearing Effluent Treatment Station STEU of the SOCATRI facility overflowed in its retention tank This retention tank was not leakproof at that time and caused a pollution of the environment On July 10 2008 four ASN inspectors accompanied by two IRSN experts carried out an in depth inspection of the STEU facility They examined the premises the events chronology and the first corrective actions implemented by the licensee The inspectors observed that spillage in the Gaffière river has ceased They recorded the following offences security measures to prevent any further pollution are not completely satisfactory operating conditions during the incident highlighted irregularities not in compliance with the applicable regulatory requirements crisis management by the licensee showed gaps in information supply to public authorities The letter following the inspection on July 10 2008 has been posted on the ASN website www asn fr These offences led to the establishment of a record forwarded to the Prosecutor of the Republic of Carpentras on July 16 2008 The College of ASN met on July 11 2008 and took a decision requiring the SOCATRI licensee to suspend the admission of effluents into the treatment station at the origin of the pollution and to implement immediate measures to secure the facility The College of ASN also took a decision requiring the

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  • Information notice No.3: ASN authorises the resumption of concrete pouring ...
    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 Information notice No 3 ASN authorises the resumption of concrete pouring Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Information notice No 3 ASN authorises the resumption of concrete pouring work on the EPR site 19 06 2008 5 46 pm Note d information ASN has authorised EDF to resume concrete pouring operations on safety related structures of the EPR reactor on the site of Flamanville 3 Following the detection of several deviations in concrete structural work early in 2008 ASN asked EDF on 26 May to suspend its operations and to submit a corrective action plan Although these recurrent anomalies did not directly affect safety ASN considered that they highlighted a lack of rigour from the operator and external service providers in the construction of the future reactor as well as shortcomings in EDF s quality management system ASN has reviewed the action plan submitted by EDF

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  • Position of the ASN Commission: : “The safety of new nuclear reactor ...
    safety of new nuclear reactor construction projects worldwide has to be ensured 16 06 2008 4 30 pm Note d information Position of the ASN Commission The safety of new nuclear reactor construction projects worldwide has to be ensured At a time when taking into account the current energy situation many countries are seeking to build nuclear reactors ASN is taking a stand The mission of the French Nuclear Safety Authority ASN is the regulation of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France on behalf of the State and informing the public To carry out its mission ASN must also contribute to developing and sustaining a high level of nuclear safety worldwide This is particularly the case in countries which do not yet have electricity producing civil nuclear power plants and wish to acquire them Let us be frank learning about nuclear safety is a long process The International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA in 2007 and the industrialised nations International Nuclear Regulators Association INRA in 2008 have clearly stated that a considerable period of time is necessary to acquire competences and a true safety culture before operating a nuclear power station It is the responsibility of a country upon committing itself for many years to a nuclear programme which demands significant investment to create effective regulation of nuclear safety First and foremost it is necessary to establish a suitably qualified and independent safety authority This does not consist simply of importing competences nor writing or even copying specific laws based on existing models At least 5 years are needed to create a law establish an authority and render it operational by mobilizing appropriate competences in terms of safety and regulation Furthermore international experience shows that examination by this authority of an authorization application for the creation of a nuclear reactor takes 2 to 10 years a period which is all the longer for there being no local operation of a nuclear installation of lesser complexity on which to implement the system Finally the construction time of an electricity producing reactor is approximately 5 years due most notably to technology related time frames which cannot be reduced and the need for site supervision This leads therefore to a minimum period of 15 years before it is possible to begin operating a nuclear power reactor in favourable conditions ASN can assist countries which are new to nuclear power and seek help in developing the necessary legislative and regulatory framework staff in training nuclear pressurised equipment regulation examination of safety reports construction site inspection and operation regulation which should all remain the responsibility of the country s own safety authority ASN will assist existing or new safety authorities in these countries It falls to the government to work with the countries themselves ASN will give priority to cooperating with countries which utilise technologies of which it has experience in France The request for cooperation can also relate to a country already possessing nuclear facilities and seeking to develop its legislative and regulatory framework

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  • Information notice No.2: ASN asks EDF for tighter control on construction work
    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 Information notice No 2 ASN asks EDF for tighter control on construction work Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Information notice No 2 ASN asks EDF for tighter control on construction work 02 06 2008 5 43 pm Note d information View taken on 25 October 2007 AFP MYCHELE DANIAU During its inspection activities concerning the construction of the EPR ASN has detected several anomalies in concrete structural work since the beginning of 2008 On 21 May 2008 EDF informed ASN about an issue concerning the rebars in a part of the foundation raft of a building designed to house some of the reactor safeguard systems This problem was reported after several others the last of which concerning rebars in the foundation raft of the future spent fuel storage building was detected by ASN on 5 March 2008 during one of its routine site inspections ASN believes that while these recurrent anomalies have no negative impact on safety they point

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  • EPR Reactor: Information notice No.1
    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 EPR Reactor Information notice No 1 Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list EPR Reactor Information notice No 1 29 04 2008 5 32 pm Note d information Anomalies have been reported which is to be expected on such a large construction site examples are given below In ASN s opinion these anomalies have been Stacks under construction around cranes Vue du chantier fond du liner EDF properly remedied The Authority nevertheless considers that EDF should reinforce the leading and the monitoring of subcontractors activities on the site and when their technical skills are found satisfactory action should be taken to develop their safety culture Since work began ASN has examined the following anomalies in particular 1 Not enough consideration has been given to the consequences of a site crane falling on a reactor 2 auxiliary building After discussing the problem with ASN EDF decided to build stacks around the cranes located on the site to prevent them from falling on

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  • Complementary safety assessments
    tests CSA Videos Supervision of the epr reactor Principles for the construction of EPR 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

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