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  • Contrôle review n° 184 : The continued operation of nuclear power plants
    authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information Publications Contrôle review Contrôle review n 184 The continued operation of nuclear power plants Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s annual reports Contrôle review Publications for the professionals Others ASN reports ASN s videos Back to list of publications Contrôle review n 184 The continued operation of nuclear power plants 07 07 2009 184 In 2009 ASN will be taking a position on the conditions for continued operation of 34 EDF 900 Mwe reactors until their fourth 10 yearly outage in other words approximately until their 40th year of operation The third ten yearly outages of these reactors will begin from mid 2009 with the Tricastin 1 reactor and then the Fessenheim 1 reactor At the end of each of these ten yearly outage ASN will deliver its assessment on the capacity of each individual reactor to be operated in all safety until their fourth ten yearly outage While these three ten yearly outages of the 900 Mwe reactors are starting EDF has already announced its desire to operate its nuclear power plants for well beyond 40 years It is in light of this that the present edition is dedicated to the continuation of nuclear power plant operations It is among other things an opportunity to put forward ASN s position on the continuation of nuclear power plant operations in comparison with the position of our US Spanish and Swiss counterparts In addition four reactors in the USA are embarking upon their 41st year of operation The US Nuclear regulatory commission NRC has already authorised the extension of operations for some fifty reactors up to sixty years in addition to the 100 or so initially authorised for 40 years Furthermore the US operators and

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  • French report on the joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel management and on the safety of radioactive waste management
    Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information Publications French report on the joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel management and on the safety of radioactive waste management Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s annual reports Contrôle review Publications for the professionals Others ASN reports ASN s videos Back to list of publications French report on the joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel management and on the safety of radioactive waste management 13 05 2009 The Joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel management and on the safety of radioactive waste management is supplementing the Convention on Nuclear Safety It was approved by France on February 22 2000 and it entered into force on June 18 2001 This Convention obliges each Contracting Party to present at the review meetings every three years a report on the way in which it implements the obligations of the Convention The French Nuclear Safety Authority ensured the co ordination of this report with contributions from other regulators and nuclear operators It has been submitted to questions and presented to the peers in Vienna The Convention and additional information on the web site of the IAEA http www ns iaea org conventions waste jointconvention htm Full text of the convention http www iaea org Publications Documents Infcircs 1997 infcirc546 pdf The fourth report 2012 The Fourth triennial meeting of the Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste or Joint Convention convened from 14 to 23 May 2012 in Vienna Read information notice ASN and DGEC publish the report on compliance by France with the Joint Convention obligations Read the 4th report Read the questions and answers about the 4th report Third review meeting of the Joint

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  • Contrôle review n° 182 - Nuclear inspection: ASN inspection
    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 Publications Contrôle review Contrôle review n 182 Nuclear inspection ASN inspection Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s annual reports Contrôle review Publications for the professionals Others ASN reports ASN s videos Back to list of publications Contrôle review n 182 Nuclear inspection ASN inspection 11 02 2009 182 On behalf of the State the ASN s inspectors perform stringent inspections to protect workers patients the public and the environment from hazards linked to nuclear activities Nearly 2000 inspections shall be performed by ASN agents in France in 2009 Over 200 of the ASN s 450 agents are certified to perform inspections These figures clearly show the importance that ASN places on this monitoring mission on site Indeed the inspection in conjunction to ASN s other duties is the guarantee of the effectiveness and credibility of the whole system of nuclear safety and radiation protection monitoring in France It ensures that parties responsible for nuclear activities fulfil their primary responsibility with regards to nuclear safety and radiation protection It is inseparable from all processes of regulatory imposition or activity authorisation is a preliminary to any sanctions and in a practical manner permits an account of the ASN s activity to be given Since 2002 and the last issue of Contrôle devoted to this subject ASN has considerably developed its inspection activities With the extension of its duties to include radiation protection ASN has entered new fields particularly monitoring medical applications of ionising radiation Today just

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  • Contrôle review n°181 - The decommissioning of nuclear facilities
    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 Publications Contrôle review Contrôle review n 181 The decommissioning of nuclear facilities Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s annual reports Contrôle review Publications for the professionals Others ASN reports ASN s videos Back to list of publications Contrôle review n 181 The decommissioning of nuclear facilities 15 11 2008 181 Many nuclear facilities were built in the 1960s and 1970s Consequently many of them have entered or are about to enter the dismantling and decommissioning phase In recent years dismantling operations have increased to an industrial scale and the technical and regulatory framework has been revised in depth to allow for this evolution The laws voted in 2006 governing nuclear activity Act on Transparency and Security in the Nuclear Field of June 13 2006 and the Planning Act of 28 June 2006 on the Sustainable Management of Radioactive Materials and Waste now provide a coherent global framework for the dismantling of nuclear facilities In this context in 2008 the ASN wanted to submit its policy about the decommissioning of nuclear facilities to a debate policy ASN s policy re asserts that the immediate decommissioning strategy no waiting period after final shutdown should be the reference strategy for French nuclear operators In accordance with new regulations ASN stresses the need to inform the public before the beginning of dismantling operations during the operations and before the restricted or unrestricted release of sites or facilities Regarding the end state ASN recommends the implementation of complete clean up methodologies that aim to remove any dangerous materials from the facilities ASN policy about the decommissioning of nuclear facilities has been the subject of widespread consultation First ASN has consulted the parties involved as it has always done But ASN has also allowed anyone interested to offer his comments on the policy via its website The number of comments received from Internet users illustrates the fact that decommissioning is a matter of interest ASN has also suggested to the High Committee for transparency and information on nuclear security which was set up in June 2008 to take an interest in decommissioning and the High Committee will be doing so soon Five years after the last issue of Contrôle dedicated to the subject during the current debate I wanted to take a look at where we were with various aspects of the decommissioning of nuclear facilities in a new issue of Contrôle ASN policy regarding the decommissioning of nuclear facilities which arose

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  • Contrôle review n°180 - Post-nuclear-accident management
    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 Publications Contrôle review Contrôle review n 180 Post nuclear accident management Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s annual reports Contrôle review Publications for the professionals Others ASN reports ASN s videos Back to list of publications Contrôle review n 180 Post nuclear accident management 15 07 2008 180 Since 2005 ASN has devoted a determined and substantial effort to the preparation of post accident situation management following a nuclear or radiological accident with dispersal of radioactive substances over part of French territory In practice this action is a natural extension of the regular measures taken by the public authorities to ensure the protection of the population during the emergency phase It forms part of a defence in depth approach the primary objective of which is and remains the improvement of accident prevention To fulfill the task conferred upon it by the instructions of the Prime Minister in June 2005 ASN has set up a steering committee CODIRPA for the management of the post accident phase of a nuclear or radiological accident Chaired since its creation by ASN chairman André Claude Lacoste this committee is tasked with preparing a national post accident management doctrine a doctrine which is still lacking in France but also in most countries using nuclear energy The first results of its work are already available at www asn fr It is a complex subject as evidenced by the many working groups esta blished by CODIRPA 10 and the content of the interim reports published by ASN It is a subject for long term work because of the large number of potential events to take into account such as an accident at a nuclear power plant in France or abroad an accident during the transport of radio active materials or dispersal of radioactive substances by accident or as a consequence of a malicious act It is a subject on which consultation is more than necessary the first points of doctrine will soon be discussed with elected representatives economic circles and civic leaders at national and local levels It is a subject with an interministerial character which must be shared between ASN the General secretariat for national defence and the government departments responsible for health the environment the interior agriculture finances and industry with substantial involvement of the prefects elected representatives and deconcentrated depar tments It is a subject which needs planning and in consequence specific resources for example to develop the expertise necessary for risk assessment to set up health monitoring systems or to study the consequences of

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  • Annual report : Nuclear safety and radiation protection in 2007
    Targeted inspections Operators reports french only European stress 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

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  • Contrôle review n°178 - Relations between ASN and various players, one year after TSN law
    Home Information Publications Contrôle review Contrôle review n 178 Relations between ASN and various players one year after TSN law Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s annual reports Contrôle review Publications for the professionals Others ASN reports ASN s videos Back to list of publications Contrôle review n 178 Relations between ASN and various players one year after TSN law 15 01 2008 178 In France 2006 was full of major events in the fields of nuclear safety and radiation protection control The 13 June 2006 TSNlaw2006 686 on transparency and nuclear security gave ASN the status of Independent Administrative Authority and considerably updated the regulations on basic nuclear installations The 28 June law on sustainable management of radioactive materials and waste established its general management framework Since 13 November 2006 when ASN commission was appointed France has seen a new nuclear context implemented with determination and pragmatism At the end of the new ASN s first year of activity I wanted Contrôle to draw up a review of all these changes Firstly I wanted Contrôle to give the floor to all internal ASN players so they could share their perceptions of the new ASN with readers Their full and honest perceptions Contrôle also reviewed the implementation of a new legal system in relation to TSN law and its implementation orders Moreover I would like to salute the various players involvement in the preparation of these implementation orders nine of which were published on 15 December 2007 ASNbelieves that autonomy does notmean isolation Since 2006 ASN has strived to implement new relations with Parliament and the government with IRSN for its technical support with health agencies and authorities and of course with civil society Contrôle has given them the floor Of the other players

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  • Contrôle review n° 176 - Experimental reactors ant their regulation (abstracts)
    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 Publications Contrôle review Contrôle review n 176 Experimental reactors ant their regulation abstracts Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s annual reports Contrôle review Publications for the professionals Others ASN reports ASN s videos Back to list of publications Contrôle review n 176 Experimental reactors ant their regulation abstracts 15 07 2007 176 Foreword by André Claude Lacoste ASN s Chairman Experimental reactors are unique installations in as much as they are reactors in which a fission chain reaction occurs and which has to be controlled along with all its attendant risks but they are also installations designed for research work which must not be hampered by excessively rigid safety constraints I therefore wanted to devote this issue of Contrôle to the following problem how to reconcile research and safety For a number of years ASN has been striving to optimise regulation of these experimental reactors This regulation must lead to an optimum level of safety but it must also concentrate on the most important safety issues and enable the licensee to exercise its responsibilities in full The internal authorisations system which has been in operation for several years with a number of experimental reactors is designed to achieve this two fold objective This system was first of all created for research installations in order to meet their own particular requirements with the aim of subsequently extending it to a number of other nuclear installations Breaking new ground is naturally the primary role of experimental reactors Since the Zoé pile first went critical in 1948 they paved the way for the development of the French nuclear power industry and were present at all steps along the route One must also bear in mind their essential contribution to improving safety through the experiments conducted in reactors such as PHEBUS or CABRI which were used for example to gain a clearer understanding of what actually happened during a number of serious accidents in electricity generating reactors It is because of this trailblazing role that ASN wants to see experimental reactors setting an example in the field of safety It is all the more vigilant as the experimental reactors currently in service in France are old installations often dating back to the 1960s Inspections incident analysis safety reviews and assessment of the extent to which human and organisational factors are taken into account are among the wide range of tools rigorously implemented by ASN for its regulatory work However there are other issues on the horizon at a time when

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