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  • Pipe nonconformity in two Cattenom NPP fuel storage pools
    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 Pipe nonconformity in two Cattenom NPP fuel storage pools Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN rates on INES level 2 a pipe nonconformity in two Cattenom NPP fuel storage pools 06 02 2012 3 00 pm Communiqué de presse On 18th January 2012 EDF notified ASN that the absence of a siphon breaker orifice on the fuel storage pools of reactors 2 and 3 had been detected during an internal inspection In every reactor a pool is provided for the storage of fuel assemblies pending their use in the reactor core or pending disposal The fuel assemblies are kept under water and permanently cooled A significant drop in the water level would lead to an exposure of the fuel assemblies and to their damage Alarms indicate any drop in this level with the necessary action being triggered The cooling water is injected at the bottom of the pool by a pipe In the event of an incident for example inadvertent operation of certain valves the injection pipe could extract the water from the pool through a siphon effect instead of injecting it which would lead to a drop in the water level An orifice called the siphon breaker is drilled in this pipe near the surface of the pool in order to stop any siphon effect if initiated

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  • High-level meeting of the ASN Commission with Mr Goshi Hosono
    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 High level meeting of the ASN Commission with Mr Goshi Hosono Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list High level meeting of the ASN Commission with the Japanese Minister Mr Goshi Hosono 26 01 2012 10 04 am Note d information Mr André Claude Lacoste and Mr Goshi Hosono Enlarge the visual The Commission and the General Directorate of ASN received officially on 19 January at his request the Japanese Minister Mr Goshi Hosono Mr Hosono leads the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry responsible for the Restoration from and Prevention of Nuclear Accident He is also a Minister of State reporting to the Prime Minister in charge of organising compensation for the victims of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Mr Hosono was accompanied by the Ambassador of Japan to France The Minister first presented the situation on the Fukushima NPP site In particular he explained that the radiological emergency was over and that the dismantling phase had just begun This phase forecast to last for 30 years in all is planned to start with the recovery of the spent fuel in the pool of Reactor No 4 Mr Hosono stressed The Minister also spoke of the situation

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  • HERCA Press release
    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 HERCA Press release Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Regulators Work With Medical Industry on Radiation Protection 09 01 2012 2 30 pm Communiqué de presse Enlarge the visual Putting patient safety first is a priority for both HERCA the association of the Heads of European Radiological Protection Competent Authorities and COCIR the European trade association representing the medical imaging electromedical and healthcare IT industry who are working together to address concerns related to radiation exposure in computed tomography CT At the initiative of HERCA COCIR CT manufacturers have developed voluntary commitments contributing to the reduction of CT dose which have been welcomed by HERCA With more than 60 million CT scans performed in Europe annually CT is a pivotal technology in healthcare which has proven for almost 40 years its great benefit in diagnosis and treatment of an increasingly wide range of diseases However the growing use of this technology has contributed to a significant increase in the average medical radiation exposure to the population which raises radiation protection concerns Over the years

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  • ASN Report on the Complementary Safety Assessments (CSA)
    Fukushima Daiichi Consequently ASN will require the creation of a hard core of material and organisational provisions by all the facilities concerned by the CSA report to control the fundamental safety functions in extreme situations The licensees must submit the proposed content and specifications specific to each facility for this hard core to ASN before 30 June 2012 ASN will require the gradual creation as of this year of a Nuclear rapid response force FARN proposed by EDF This will be a national emergency force made up of specialised teams equipped to intervene in less than 24 hours on a nuclear site hit by an accident ASN will require the implementation of reinforced measures to reduce the risks of fuel exposure in the spent fuel pools of the various facilities ASN will require the performance of feasibility studies for additional means of protecting ground and surface water in the event of a severe accident in the nuclear power plants NPPs and the La Hague facilities ASN considers that the social organisational and human factors are an essential part of safety It will therefore remain attentive to the renewal of the licensees workforces and skills ASN considers in particular that the monitoring of subcontractors working in the nuclear facilities must not be delegated by the licensee when the work in question is important for safety Moreover jointly with the ministries responsible for nuclear safety ASN has prepared a draft order establishing the general rules relative to the basic nuclear installations that will make a significant contribution to the improvement of safety ASN recommends that this order be signed as soon as possible Lastly on the basis of the in depth experience feedback from the Fukushima accident ASN will reinforce the baseline safety referentials of the nuclear facilities particularly with respect to earthquakes flooding and risks associated with other industrial activities During this press conference André Claude Lacoste placed particular emphasis on the following points The Fukushima accident has marked nuclear history in the same way as the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents there will be a before and an after Fukushima Our approach to safety is changing to reinforce the robustness of facilities to extreme situations The CSAs are just the beginning of this process We are talking about a long time scale it may take up to 10 years to collect all the experience feedback from the Fukushima accident and it might possibly lead us to revise our current understanding of the accident We must beware not to give in to the easy temptation to only consider nuclear safety as simply a collection of technical measures nuclear safety relies fundamentally on people Renewal of licensee staff and skills is essential for safety ASN will shortly be issuing a number of requirements whose implementation will begin immediately and span several years ASN will make sure that the changes it has prescribed are implemented within the planned deadlines On the basis of its stress tests Europe must be a driving force

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  • Transport of radioactive materials
    public informed in such matters Left example of a universal canister for vitrified waste Eleven Castor HAW 28 M casks containing 301 canisters of vitrified waste were recently shipped from La Hague in France to the German waste storage facility in Gorleben Lower Saxony under an intergovernmental 1 agreement on the return to Germany of radioactive waste resulting from the reprocessing in France of German spent fuel Within this context ASN conducted several checking operations and public information actions The high level radioactive waste concerned by this shipment was placed in Castor HAW 28 M casks approved by the relevant Germany authority and ASN ASN checks compliance with regulations 2 most of which are international during its review of package approval applications and during shipment inspections The regulations ensure that casks intended for this type of shipment are designed to guarantee the containment of radioactive material sub criticality 3 and radiological protection under all circumstances including in the event of a serious transport accident 4 the dose equivalent rate does not exceed 0 1 millisieverts per hour mSv h at a distance of two metres from the transport vehicle At the above dose level a person would have to remain within two metres of the vehicle for an uninterrupted period of ten hours in order to reach the annual exposure limit 1 mSv defined by regulations for the public ASN organised an inspection at La Hague on 27 28 September 2011 to ensure that AREVA performed the leak temperature and radiation protection tests required by regulations before shipping the packages During this inspection ASN asked IRSN the Institute for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection to carry out radiation protection measurements around the packages to ensure that radiological exposure limits both on contact with the packages and two metres from the transport vehicles were not exceeded ASN inspection at La Hague on 27 28 September 2011 On Friday 18 November 2011 ASN organised another inspection this time at the La Hague railway terminal This inspection was mainly concerned with ensuring that radiological exposure limits were not exceeded in the vicinity of the waste shipment train ASN called on experts from IRSN and ACRO the Association for Radioactivity Monitoring in Western France to perform various measurements as part of this inspection Representatives of the La Hague local information committee CLI namely a Greenpeace member representing associations on the CLI a CGT member representing trade unions on the CLI and the CLI representative for experts were able to attend radiological measurement operations around the train as was a representative of the association stop EPR ni à Penly ni ailleurs who is a member of the Penly local information committee ASN inspection at the Valogne terminal on 18 November independent radiation protection measurements by IRSN and ACRO on behalf of ASN On 17 November 2011 ASN reported to the French High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Security HCTISN on the checks it carried out on the Castor HAW 28 M packages and

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  • Complementary Safety Assessments (CSA)
    radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Complementary Safety Assessments CSA Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN will issue its conclusions on the Complementary Safety Assessments CSA in early 2012 17 11 2011 9 30 am Communiqué de presse On completion of the Complementary Safety Assessment CAS process engaged further to its decisions of 5 May 2011 ASN will present its conclusions on these CAS at the beginning of 2012 Frome left to right Mr Philippe SAINT RAYMOND Chairman of the Advisory Committee for laboratories and plants Mr Jacques REPUSSARD Director General of the IRSN and Mr André Claude LACOSTE Chairman of the ASN A diversified expertise To analyse the reports submitted by the licensees on 15 September 2011 ASN called upon the expertise of its technical support organization the IRSN French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety which handed over its report in early November On 8 9 and 10 November ASN called a meeting of the Advisory Committees of Experts for Laboratories and Plants and these committees notified ASN of their opinions dated 10 November Alongside this ASN invited the HCTISN High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety the CLIs Local Information Committees and several foreign nuclear regulatory bodies to take part in the process The national association of CLIs Ancli mandated experts to examine the reports submitted to ASN by the licensees on 15 September The CLIs undertook various analyses the Fessenheim CLIS submitted a study of the flood risk at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant NPP to ASN in June while the CLIs of Golfech Civaux La Hague and Flamanville communicated analyses of the CSA reports Look at the video Meeting at Massy Palaiseau of Advisory Committees to establish an initial review of ECS French version Subtitles in English The CSAs The complementary safety assessments were undertaken by ASN further to the accident that hit the Fukushima Daiichi NPP in Japan in March 2011 This initiative also meets the Prime Minister s demand that the French nuclear installations be subject to a safety audit and the European Council s March 2011 requirement for stress tests to be conducted on the European nuclear reactors The complementary safety assessments focus on the robustness of the installations in exceptional situations like those that caused the Fukushima accident They concern all the 150 nuclear facilities in France and complement the continuous safety actions conducted on the installations For the 80 priority installations which include the nuclear power reactors the licensees handed over their reports as required by ASN s decision of 5 May to ASN on 15 September 2011 These reports are published on www asn fr For the other installations the licensees must submit their reports before 15 September 2012 ASN inspections Between June and October 2011 ASN conducted a targeted inspection campaign on aspects related to the Fukushima accident This involved inspecting 38 specific points on

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Complementary-Safety-Assessments-CSA (2016-01-29)
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  • Report on compliance by France with the Joint Convention obligations
    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 Report on compliance by France with the Joint Convention obligations Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN and DGEC publish the report on compliance by France with the Joint Convention obligations 09 11 2011 2 30 pm Note d information The Fourth triennial meeting of the Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste or Joint Convention will be held from 14 to 23 May 2012 in Vienna In order to prepare this meeting France submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA on 14 October 2011 its national report on compliance with the Joint Convention obligations The report drafted under the coordination of the French Nuclear Safety Authority ASN is the result of a joint effort by the General Directorate for Energy and Climate DGEC the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Mission MSNR of the Ministry of Ecology Sustainable Development Transportation and Housing MEDDTL the National Radioactive Waste Management Agency ANDRA the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety IRSN the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission CEA AREVA EDF and ASN This report sets out the measures implemented by all the French parties and presents the latest developments and perspectives related to the scope of this Convention in particular on the evolutions of the European and the French regulatory frameworks and

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  • Recommendations about the risk factors involved in childhood leukaemia
    Other associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Recommendations about the risk factors involved in childhood leukaemia Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Recommendations by the interdisciplinary working group chaired by Professor Sommelet to find out more about the risk factors involved in childhood leukaemia The French Nuclear Safety Authority ASN the Ministry of Health Labour and Employment and the Ministry of Ecology Sustainable Development Transport and Housing are working on an action programme 07 11 2011 2 30 pm Communiqué de presse On 7 November 2011 the French Nuclear Safety Authority ASN the Directorate General for Health DGS and the Directorate General for Risk Prevention DGPR issued a report including an inventory of current knowledge of childhood leukaemia and recommendations for new studies and research required to drive progress in this area In particular the report recommends continuing and stepping up ongoing epidemiological research into the possible risks of leukaemia induced by low dose ionising radiation coupled with studies of exposure to other potential carcinogenic substances and related genetic factors The report was prepared by the interdisciplinary working group set up in 2008 by the ASN DGS and DGPR and tasked with analysing available knowledge concerning the risk of leukaemia in children living near basic nuclear installations The working group was set up after a German study published in 2008 reported excess risks of leukaemia in children aged zero to five years living within a 5 km radius of German nuclear power plants Chaired by Professor Danièle Sommelet 1 and composed of healthcare professionals representatives of associations and experts from the Institute for Public Health Surveillance InVS the National Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety IRSN and the National Institute of Health and Medical Research Inserm the group examined possible or suspected causes of childhood leukaemia together with national and international research in progress in this area It also considered the possible impact of other factors that might contribute to the development of leukaemia Based on the inventory of currently available knowledge the report shows that childhood leukaemia cannot be linked to proximity to a nuclear facility even if some studies have pointed to possible excesses In addition to the inventory of current knowledge of childhood leukaemia the interdisciplinary working group s report includes several recommendations aimed at a supporting epidemiological studies and research into the effects of possible genetic and environmental factors including low dose ionising radiation and certain carcinogenic substances b specifying the conditions required to allow continued epidemiological investigations in the vicinity of nuclear sites and c keeping the public better informed through clear communication whatever the scientific uncertainties The ASN DGS and DGPR draw attention to all the initiatives and decisions taken further to these recommendations The DGS and the French National Cancer Institute INCa have decided to create as part of the national cancer plan a new working group on

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