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  • Level 2 incident on INES scale on back-up diesel generators at Tricastin NPP
    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 Level 2 incident on INES scale on back up diesel generators at Tricastin NPP Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Level 2 incident on INES scale concerning back up diesel generators at Tricastin nuclear power plant 18 02 2011 9 14 am Communiqué de presse The bearing bushings are mechanical components designed to limit friction between the mobile components of the diesel generators 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 A periodic test conducted at the EDF Blayais NPP highlighted the failure of a back up diesel generator The first elements of the analysis undertaken by EDF and its supplier have been reported to ASN on February 7 2011 They show a premature degradation on bearing bushings which are mechanical components designed to minimize friction between moving parts of back up diesel generators On French nuclear power plants 26 back up diesel generators are equipped with

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Level-2-incident-on-INES-scale-on-back-up-diesel-generators-at-Tricastin-NPP (2016-01-29)
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  • Supervision of the EPR reactor: Information notice No. 10
    associations of nuclear safety and radiation protection authorities International Commission on Radiological Protection Section map Home Information News releases Supervision of the EPR reactor Information notice No 10 Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Information notice No 10 ASN continues inspections at the EPR Flamanville reactor construction site 10 02 2011 5 21 pm Note d information During the second half of 2010 ASN continued its inspection activities at the Flamanville 3 EPR construction site Environmental inspection of the Flamanville 3 worksite In conjunction with the DDTM 1 of the Manche department in the northwest of France ASN performs environmental inspections at the Flamanville 3 worksite and verifies EDF s compliance with provisions of the prefectorial order of 20 October 2006 2 which regulate water discharges and sampling at the worksite until the reactor goes into service Several inspections are performed each year to this effect Thus in 2010 several inspections by ASN confirmed that environmental management of the Flamanville 3 construction site is satisfactory For example the current organisation encourages enterprises at the worksite to limit water consumption and the risks of hydrocarbon pollution EDF has encouraged enterprises to work together to sort waste ASN acknowledges the importance of this approach for maintaining a cleaning worksite but notes that it must nevertheless include strict identification of waste producers Assuming the reactor is commissioned ASN decisions 2010 DC 0188 and 2010 DC 0189 will ultimately regulate water discharges and sampling from the Flamanville 3 reactor when it goes in operation Treatment of construction joints In 2009 ASN observed construction joints 3 at the Flamanville 3 construction site whose surface roughness was inadequate and thus did not comply with ETC C 4 Use of a chemical product not specifically designed for treating construction joints was observed at the worksite ASN required that its use be suspended in August 2009 At the same time ASN requested EDF to perform further studies on the methods for treating construction joints EDF performed several tests on the treatments of construction joints and analysed the results In November 2010 ASN and IRSN met with EDF so that it could present its conclusions on the testing The research confirms that the chemical treatment products for construction joints used today on the worksite result in concrete structures with satisfactory mechanical behaviour if they are applied in compliance with good engineering practice ASN considers that the studies performed by EDF respond to the request made in 2009 but that they should be pursued to better take into account situations at the worksite including difficulty with application and cleaning ASN is currently inspecting EDF s organisation of training of future operating personnel at the Flamanville 3 nuclear reactor EDF is responsible for preparing its personnel for the commissioning and operation of the Flamanville 3 reactor Thus apart from the 2 500 3 000 persons who are working on the construction site nearly 350 person employees of EDF are working

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Supervision-of-the-EPR-reactor-Information-notice-No.-10 (2016-01-29)
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  • Jean-Jacques Dumont and Philippe Jamet are appointed ASN commissioners
    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 Jean Jacques Dumont and Philippe Jamet are appointed ASN commissioners Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Jean Jacques Dumont and Philippe Jamet were appointed ASN commissioners by Presidential decree on 15 December 2010 19 01 2011 12 59 pm Communiqué de presse 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 Philippe Jamet was designated by the President of the Senate He took over from Jean Rémi Gouze whose term of office ended on 12 November 2010 Jean Jacques DUMONT A former student of the École Polytechnique and the École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris Jean Jacques Dumont is an Ingénieur général des mines He began his career in 1972 within the Industry Ministry the Rouen mining area After working from 1979 to 1986 for the roads and traffic department within the Infrastructure Ministry he was appointed from 1986 to 1989 deputy general secretary within the regional development and industrial technological environment department of the Ministry for Industry He then headed in the same ministry from 1992 to 1997 the technology and strategy division of the industrial strategy department before being appointed in 1997 regional director for industry research and the environment for Ile de France From 2005 to 2006 Jean Jacques Dumont was deputy to the director general for enterprise in the department for regional action quality and industrial safety within the Trade Finance and Industry Ministry From 2006 to 2009 he held the position of vice chairman of the General council of mines before being appointed in February 2009 deputy chairman of the General Council for industry energy and technologies within the Trade Finance and Employment Ministry Philippe JAMET is an Ingénieur civil des mines de Paris a graduate from the Ecole des Mines de Paris He also holds a Master of Science from the University of Minnesota United States He began his career in 1974 within the CEA French Atomic Energy Commission as head of soil mechanics research relating to the safety of underground nuclear blasting before heading from 1976 to 1982 the Mechanical Properties of Concrete group within the technology department From 1982 to 1993 he held the position of head of the laboratory for the mechanical analysis of structures within the CEA s department of mechanical and thermal studies and then head of the department of mechanical and thermal studies of structures In 1993 Phillipe Jamet was appointed deputy to the head of department responsible for pressurised water reactors in the safety evaluation department of the IPSN

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Jean-Jacques-Dumont-and-Philippe-Jamet-are-appointed-ASN-commissioners (2016-01-29)
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  • HERCA / Statement on the justification of full body-scanners using X-rays
    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 Statement on the justification of full body scanners using X rays Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list HERCA Statement on the justification of full body scanners using X rays for security purposes 17 01 2011 5 24 pm Note d information HERCA 1 the association of the Heads of European Radiological protection Competent Authorities approves a 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 During the past months following some failed terrorist attempts there has been a significant increasing interest in body screening technologies particularly for use in airports as these technologies are now considered to increase security checking Within this framework the relevant Working Group of HERCA presented a report at the 5th meeting of the association in Oslo on 30 June 2010 The report aimed at providing a factual basis to the Heads of European Radiological protection Competent Authorities for discussing key issues associated to the possible introduction of Security Scanners as a measure for screening persons including some recommendations HERCA agreed on the very strong need of a common approach for decision making on the use of X rays body scanners in Europe and decided to produce a Statement on this issue based on the recommendations presented at the Oslo meeting After an intense process of consultation with the objective of better understanding the national positions a final consensus has been reached and the Statement was approved on 1 December 2010 in Paris Through the Statement HERCA agrees that regardless of the level of dose of ionizing radiation per scan to the concerned individuals the three principles of justification optimization and dose limitation must fully apply to the use of all human imaging technologies using ionizing radiation Other recommendations addressed by HERCA in its Statement are The examination of alternative imaging techniques that do not involve exposure to ionising assessing and comparing the benefits and health risks of both techniques The preference for those techniques with less health effects when both techniques achieve the predefined security goals with comparable efficiency and efficacy The need of a well considered and open process of justification by competent governmental authorities The review of the justification decision on a regular basis

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/HERCA-Statement-on-the-justification-of-full-body-scanners-using-X-rays (2016-01-29)
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  • Nuclear safety serves the general interest
    safety serves the general interest Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list Nuclear safety serves the general interest ASN rigorously and responsibly fulfils its monitoring duties 13 01 2011 5 00 pm Communiqué de presse 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 Speaking before twenty journalists from the national and international press Mr André Claude Lacoste discussed ASN its development its relationships with international counterparts as well as strategic priorities for 2011 André Claude Lacoste ASN Chairman Enlarge the visual He stressed the following points in particular ASN responsible for monitoring civilian nuclear activities in France is an independent administrative authority It has developed an expanded concept of nuclear safety and radiation protection by considering the technical and material aspects of the fields and activities that it monitors as well as organisational and human elements Its area of competence has expanded over the years Since 2002 it has progressively implemented an organised system of inspection of local nuclear activities In an effort to be more effective ASN proposed to the government in 2008 that it be designated as the competent authority for the safety of radioactive sources on the condition that it receive the necessary resources and authority to apply its transparency rules to keep the public informed ASN remains independent with regard to the government and operators It is thus free to exercise its responsibilities involving authorisation inspection and sanction in the most impartial manner possible ASN has an accountability policy that it applies by presenting its annual report to Parliament on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France ASN favours access to

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Nuclear-safety-serves-the-general-interest (2016-01-29)
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  • European directive on management of radioactive waste and spent fuel
    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 directive on management of radioactive waste and spent fuel Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list European Commission adopts draft directive on management of radioactive waste and spent fuel 06 12 2010 10 44 am Note d information On 3 November 2010 the European Commission officially adopted a draft directive 1 on management of radioactive waste and spent fuel It has now been submitted to the Council of Ministers of the European Union EU and the European Parliament which will examine the terms of the proposal Enlarge the visual Like the Commission ASN believes that a European regulatory framework for the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel must be defined It is part of the approach initiated by the Community to adopt a directive on this matter ASN considers that the Commission s draft directive constitutes a real advance since it defines a legally binding framework for the European Union based on internationally recognised safety standards ASN has been especially involved in the preliminary work of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group ENSREG 2 that resulted in the draft directive on the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel that was sent to the Commission In particular ASN believes that setting up a regulatory authority in each EU Member State competent in the area of safe management of waste and spent fuel and with the financial and human resources necessary to accomplish its missions would be an important advance Provisions relating to transparency peer evaluation

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/European-directive-on-management-of-radioactive-waste-and-spent-fuel (2016-01-29)
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  • Continued operation of reactor 1 at the Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant
    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 Continued operation of reactor 1 at the Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list ASN considers reactor 1 at the Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant fit for ten more years of operation after thirty years in service 03 12 2010 10 35 am Note d information On 4 November 2010 ASN approved continuing operation of reactor 1 at the Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant NPP for an additional ten years after thirty years in service At the same time ASN is requiring EDF to implement technical instructions setting new operating conditions for reactor 1 of the Tricastin NPP to gradually raise the safety level As part of its ongoing responsibilities ASN will continue monitoring of the operation of reactor 1 of the Tricastin NPP Site du Tricastin Enlarge the visual Continued operation of reactor 1 at the Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant In France the operating license for a nuclear reactor does not set a limit for service life On the other hand article 29 of the Transparency and Nuclear Safety Act 13 June 2006 requires that the operator of a nuclear reactor perform a safety review of the facility every ten years The safety review is the occasion for an in depth assessment of the facility to verify that it is in compliance with applicable rules and to improve its safety level by comparing applicable requirements with those in effect at facilities with more recent safety objectives and practices and taking into account advances in knowledge and national and international operating experience feedback Reactor 1 at the Tricastin NPP is the first reactor in the French nuclear fleet to be subject to a safety review thirty years after its initial divergence EDF submitted the safety report for the facility on 19 February 2010 It had previously been subject to a third ten year inspection from 2 May until 30 August 2009 during which ASN performed five inspections and supervised the requalification hydrotest on the reactor coolant system The safety review of reactor 1 at the Tricastin NPP included two phases a compliance examination and a safety review in addition to specific tests to monitor aging and renew skills Compliance Examination As part of the safety review of reactor 1 at the Tricastin NPP EDF performed a compliance examination intended to provide an in depth assessment of the state of the facility to verify that it is in compliance with all applicable rules including construction approval ASN instructions and current safety reference framework After the compliance examination ASN finds the measures taken by EDF to be satisfactory Although the Tricastin NPP is currently protected against a flood corresponding to the design basis flow rate of the Donzère Mondragon water project ASN

    Original URL path: http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Continued-operation-of-reactor-1-at-the-Tricastin-Nuclear-Power-Plant (2016-01-29)
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  • WENRA states it position on the safety goals for new nuclear reactors
    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 WENRA states it position on the safety goals for new nuclear reactors Print Mettre en favoris Share on Information News releases Publications ASN s videos Back to news list The Western European Nuclear Regulators Association WENRA states it position on the safety goals for new nuclear reactors 25 11 2010 10 59 am Note d information Their position is based on a study published by WENRA in January 2010 It was the subject of a public consultation and also takes comments received from stakeholders into consideration Seven ambitious qualitative safety goals were ratified WENRA considers that the design of new nuclear reactors must take feedback from the operation of present day reactors into account as well as lessons learnt from past accidents and events developments in nuclear technology and progress in the field of safety evaluation The members of WENRA made a commitment to the implementation of these goals which are presented in the declaration adopted on 10th November in any nuclear reactors built in Europe in

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