Regulation and Safety rss

IAEA enhances cooperation with Russian radiation safety authorities

26 July 2016

IAEA-FMBA practical arrangement - 48The International Atomic Energy Agency has signed agreements with two Russian regulatory authorities to cooperate in enhancing the country's national radiation safety standards and the implementation of international safety standards. The agency signed a similar agreement with Rosatom last year.

UK regulators provide update on reactor design assessments

13 July 2016

UK regulators expect to complete the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process for the Westinghouse AP1000 and Hitachi-GE's UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) in March and December of 2017, respectively. In its quarterly GDA report for February to April 2016 issued yesterday, the Office for Nuclear Regulation also said it has "developed 'entry criteria' to provide transparency on the factors that underpin our decision on readiness to commence GDA" for China General Nuclear's HPR1000 design.

IAEA team applauds Poland's progress with nuclear program

04 July 2016

Poland is "taking all the necessary measures" to ensure its nuclear power program meets the highest standards of safety and security and best international practice, Józef Sobolewski, director of the nuclear energy department of the country's Ministry of Energy, has said. Sobolewski's comments followed the conclusion of the International Atomic Energy Agency that Poland has implemented all the recommendations and suggestions of a 2013 Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review mission.

Steam generator anomalies to extend Fessenheim 2 outage

20 July 2016

Fessenheim (EDF) 72x48A serviceability certificate for one of the three steam generators installed at unit 2 of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, currently offline for maintenance, has been suspended by the French nuclear safety regulator. A number of anomalies were discovered last month in the steel of the component's lower shell.

Kakrapar investigations continue

04 July 2016

Three cracks have been found in the coolant channel which failed at India's Kakrapar 1, although the reasons for its failure will not be known for some time, the country's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board said in its latest update on the March incident which led to a leak of heavy water.

Handbook offers guidance to doctors on radiation

29 June 2016

A new handbook has been compiled with the help of the International Atomic Energy Agency to better prepare medical staff to communicate with the public about possible health effects of radiation during and after a nuclear or radiological emergency.