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Published on 18/03/2021 ? 11:14 am

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Flamanville EPR reactor: design anomaly on three main primary system nozzles

On 3 March 2021, EDF notified ASN of a significant event concerning a design anomaly on three nozzles of the main primary system of the EPR reactor under construction on the Flamanville site.

Published on 15/03/2021 ? 05:03 pm

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ASN issues its opinion on the radioactive waste legacy repositories

At the request of the Ministry responsible for energy (MTE), and within the framework of the French National Radioactive Material and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR), ASN has issued its opinion on the management of legacy repositories of radioactive waste, in order to contribute to the guidelines for the 5th edition of this plan.

Published on 25/02/2021 ? 09:00 am

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900 MWe reactors beyond 40 years

On 23 February 2021, ASN ruled on the conditions for the continued operation of the 900 MWe reactors beyond their fourth periodic safety review. ASN considers that the measures planned by EDF combined with those prescribed by ASN open the prospect of continued operation of these reactors for a further ten years following their fourth periodic safety review.

Published on 25/01/2021 ? 03:26 pm

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ASN New Year’s greetings to the press

At the presentation of the first findings and the marking events of the year 2020, ASN delivers three messages

Published on 18/12/2020 ? 02:19 pm

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Ms Géraldine Pina Jomir appointed ASN commissioner

Ms Géraldine Pina has been appointed a member of the ASN Commission for a term of 6 years by a decree of the French President dated 15 December 2020. She succeeds Mr Philippe Chaumet-Riffaud, whose mandate expired on 10 December 2020.

Published on 17/12/2020 ? 03:28 pm

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ASN issues its opinion on the management of High Level Waste and Intermediate Level...

In response to a request from the Minister in charge of energy, as required by the French National Radioactive Materials and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR), ASN issued its opinion on the management of high-level waste (HLW) and intermediate-level long-lived waste (ILW-LL), contributing to the orientations of the 5th edition of this plan.

Published on 04/12/2020 ? 04:45 pm

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Continued operation of the 900 MWe reactors beyond 40 years

On 3 December, ASN will open a public consultation on its website concerning the conditions for the continued operation of the 900 MWe reactors beyond their fourth periodic safety review.

Published on 24/11/2020 ? 02:56 pm

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Covid 19 epidemic: ASN adapts its working methods so that it can continue to perform its duties

Faced with a constantly changing health situation, ASN continues to adapt its working methods, by limiting physical contact while continuing to provide oversight of nuclear facilities and activities.

Published on 10/11/2020 ? 12:30 pm

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France submits its 7th report to the IAEA on the implementation of the Joint Convention

The seventh review meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (called the "Joint Convention") is scheduled from 24 May to 4th of June 2021 at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

Published on 14/10/2020 ? 02:27 pm

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Flamanville EPR reactor: ASN authorises the reception and storage of nuclear fuel on the site

On 8 October 2020, the ASN authorised the arrival of nuclear fuel at the Flamanville EPR reactor site. This fuel will be stored in the pool of the building intended for this purpose.

Published on 05/10/2020 ? 03:45 pm

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ASN issues its opinion on the management of low level, long-lived waste (LLW-LL)

In response to a request from the Minister in charge of energy, as required by the French National Radioactive Materials and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR), ASN issued its opinion on the studies regarding the management of low level, long-lived waste (LLW-LL), contributing to the orientations of the 5th edition of this Plan.

Published on 16/09/2020 ? 01:12 pm

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Secure financing of long-term nuclear costs: ASN issues its opinion on the licensees’ reports

At the request of the General Directorate for Energy and the Climate (DGEC) in 2019, ASN has issued its opinion on the fifth three-yearly reports submitted by the nuclear licensees with respect to the secure financing of long-term nuclear costs. This evaluation and provisioning system aims to ensure that the costs of decommissioning and of spent fuel and radioactive waste management are evaluated with sufficient prudence and are covered by dedicated assets so that the necessary financial resources will be available when the time comes.

Published on 16/09/2020 ? 01:04 pm

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France Report under the European Euratom Directive

On July 22, 2020, France transmitted, to the European Commission, its report pursuant to Council Directive 2014/87/Euratom of July 8, 2014 amending Directive 2009/71/Euratom of June 25, 2009 establishing a Community framework for the safety of nuclear installations.

Published on 06/08/2020 ? 05:06 pm

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The IAEA publishes a report on the Flamanville EPR reactor

ASN, the French nuclear safety authority, has posted on line the report of the pre-OSART (pre-operational safety review team) mission which was conducted from 17 June to 4 July 2019 at the Flamanville nuclear power plant (NPP) and concerned the EPR reactor currently under construction.

Published on 04/08/2020 ? 02:51 pm

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ASN issues its opinion on the management of very low level waste

At the request of the Minister responsible for energy, and contributing to the guidelines for the 5th issue of the French National Radioactive Material and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR), ASN has issued its opinion on the management of very low level waste (VLLW).