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From September 30 through October 4, 2018, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a workshop on the NRC approach to conducting inspections at research and test reactors (RTRs). The workshop was conducted in Amman, Jordan, and taught by IRDP instructors , Dr. Steve Reese and Mr. Robert Gramm.  Jordan’s regulatory body, the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC), hosted the workshop on behalf of the Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR).  Participants included experienced staff members from ANNuR...
During the week of August 27, 2018, Dr. Charles Miller and Mr. Mark Tonacci of AdSTM; Ms. Shannon King of the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); and Mr. Peter Hughes, representing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), provided consultation to the Polish nuclear regulator, the Panstowowa Agencja Atomiskyki (PAA) in Warsaw. This consultation was focused on the PAA’s development of regulatory infrastructure to conduct a future construction permit (CP) review, which is a key activity under the PAA’s Advanced Licensing Exercise Project (ALEP). The agenda included topics on the PAA...
During the week of September 10th, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) – International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) sponsored a training on how to conduct a Safety Analysis Report (SAR) review for the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Ghana in Accra, Ghana. The IRDP instructors, Mr. Mark Tonacci and Mr. Robert Gramm, provided the training.) The course provided participants with an overview of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) licensing approach focused on issuance of a Construction Permit for a nuclear power plant, as well as basic concepts...
From August 27 – 30, 2018, The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) –International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) sponsored a workshop on the “Regulation of Research and Test Reactors” in Accra, Ghana.  The workshop was organized by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) of Ghana in collaboration with the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA), which included representatives from Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, and Senegal.IRDP instructor, Mr. Richard Holm, provided...
On July 23 - 26, 2018, The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) sponsored a combined workshop on the “Practical Basics of Mechanical, Welding, and Nondestructive Examination, Electrical, Instrumentation and Control, Civil/Structural, and Nuclear Quality Assurance” in Bangkok, Thailand. AdSTM instructors, Mr. Gene Imbro and Mr. Bob Gramm, conducted the workshop. The audience was composed of sixteen (16) participants and four (4) part-time observers. The participants and observers included representatives from the Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP); the Electricity Generation...
From June 26 – 28, 2018, The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) – International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) sponsored a technical training on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Operation and Maintenance (ASME O...
During the week of April 23rd, 2018, the IRDP Program instructors, Mr. Mel Fields and Bob Gramm, provided training on how to conduct a Safety Analysis Report (SAR) Review; to the Romanian regulator - National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN) in Bucharest, Romania. In addition to CNCAN staff, representatives from the Nuclearelectrica – licensee holder for Cernavoda NPP Units 1 and 2; CITON staff (Centre of Technology and Engineering for Nuclear Projects) – a nuclear power plant (NPP) design and engineering company; and the University of Politechnics Bucharest (UPB),...
From April 8 - 13, 2018, Bob Gramm and Steve Reese (AdSTM) conducted an On-the-Job (OTJ) research reactor inspection exercise at the Penn State University’s Breazeale TRIGA Reactor (PSBR); located in State College, Pennsylvania. The participants were four nuclear regulators from the Ghana Nuclear Regulatory Authority (GNRA), whose responsibility encompasses various aspects of research reactor inspection and oversight. The IRDP and Penn State have collaborated on three OTJ exercises over the last two years, which this is the third. The OTJ inspection exercise provided the NRA staff a...
From March 12-16, 2018, Dr. Steve Reese and Mr. Richard Holm (AdSTM) conducted a workshop on the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) approach to research and test reactor (RTR) inspection. The workshop was held at the Nuclear Security Support Centre of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Ghana. The participants included nuclear regulators representing the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies from Africa (FNRBA); which included the countries of Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, and Senegal. The workshop provided the...
From January 15 - 19, 2018, AdSTM staff conducted an IRDP workshop on Construction and Vendor Inspection for the Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The audience was composed of OAP regulators, staff from the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT), which is planning on constructing a nuclear power plant in the future; a nuclear engineering professor from the Chulalongkorn University; and two staff from the Suranaree University of Technology, who are involved with the licensing and construction of a new research reactor. Over the five-day workshop, AdSTM staff...