News

A Construction Permit (CP) Application Review Workshop was presented by AdSTM on July 17-21, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The USNRC/IRDP Workshop was delivered by David Squarer and Mel Fields of AdSTM.The CP application review Workshop had 13 attendees and was conducted at the offices of Thailand’s nuclear regulator, Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP). The Workshop was very well received by the highly educated and experienced attendees. Several of the attendees have received their Ph.D. degrees from top Universities at the U.S. and the U.K. The majority of the participants were impressed by the...
On June 13-15, 2017, Ms. Mugeh Afshar-Tous (NRC/OIP) and Ms. Tammy Way (AdSTM/IRDP) participated in the 9th Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) Steering Committee Meeting and the Collaboration Meeting with the European Commission (EC) and the RCF. In 2010, the RCF was established as a regulator-to-regulator forum to promote collaboration and cooperation to improve coordination among IAEA member states with well-established nuclear power programs (providers) and those considering the introduction and/or expansion of nuclear power programs (recipients). The Steering Committee Meeting...
From June 5 – 8, 2017, Gene Imbro and Bob Gramm of AdSTM provided a workshop on the “Practical Basics of Mechanical, Welding and Nondestructive Examination, Electrical and Instrumentation and Control, and Civil/Structural” in Bucharest and Cernavoda, Romania. Workshop participants included fourteen (14) staff from the Romanian National Committee for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN) and five staff from NuclearElectrica/Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). During the two day classroom portion of the workshop, the AdSTM instructors presented basic information related to nuclear power...
From May 22 - 26, 2017, AdSTM staff conducted an On-the-Job (OJT) research reactor inspection exercise at the Penn State Breazeale TRIGA Reactor (PSBR) in State College, Pennsylvania. The participants were four nuclear regulators from the Romanian National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN), whose responsibility encompasses various aspects of research reactor inspection and oversight. The OJT inspection exercise provided the Romanian CNCAN staff a practical application of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) inspection protocols for a typical Research and Test (RTR...
AdSTM instructors, Mr.’s Lawrence Kokajko and Rich Holm, delivered a Research and Test Reactor (RTR) Inspector workshop to the Peruvian Nuclear Energy Institute (IPEN) from May 8 – 12, 2017. Mr. Mario Rodriquez, AdSTM, provided Spanish translations and liaison expertise. In 2016, the IRDP program provided instruction on the RTR licensing process. The audience was composed of nuclear regulators from the Oficina Tecnica de la Autoridad Nacional – Instituto Peruano de Energia Nuclear (OTAN/IPEN), which has the responsibility to regulate Peru’s RTR’s. During the five-day workshop, the...
AdSTM conducted a Siting Application Review Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, from April 17 to April 21, 2017. The workshop was attended by 11 members of the Office of Atoms for Peace for Thailand. Mr. Richard Emch of AdSTM and Mr. Stewart Bland of Chesapeake Nuclear Services conducted the workshop. The workshop presented the USNRC’s methodology for conducting the review of an application for an early site permit or a construction permit using the guidance of NUREG-0800 (the Standard Review Plan). The workshop included an interactive exercise where the participants were challenged to use the...
From March 20-23, 2017, AdSTM staff (Mel Fields and Lawrence Kokajko) conducted an IRDP workshop on the Fundamentals of Reactor Safety and Regulations at the offices of the National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN) in Bucharest, Romania. Mr. Brett Rini, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) desk officer for Romania desk officer, and Ms. Tammy Way, IRDP Director, AdSTM, were also in attendance. The audience was composed of CNCAN regulators, Nuclearelectrica staff – licensee holder for Cernavoda NPP Units 1 and 2; and CITON staff (Centre of Technology and Engineering for...
In conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Asian Nuclear Safety Network (ANSN), AdSTM participated in the subject workshop which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from February 28 - March 3, 2017. The workshop was hosted by BAPETEN, the Indonesian nuclear regulator. The workshop was chaired by AdSTM and consisted of a series of presentations, participating country reports, and breakout sessions. The presentations focused on the status of development of selected SMR designs, the safety requirements in the USA, Canada and Korea, the deployment and economic issues...
AdSTM conducted a third consultation with NNR from February 8 to February 14, 2017 to provide continued assistance to them in the development of a revised inspector qualification program. The consultation was performed as a result of a request by NNR to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) as part of the support to South Africa under the IRDP. The consultation was conducted by Dr. Charles Miller and Mr. John Kinneman, and was observed by Eric Stahl from the USNRC Office of International Programs. The main focus of the consultation was to help NNR determine the appropriate mechanism...
AdSTM conducted a Siting Application Review Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, from October 10 to October 14, 2016. The workshop was attended by 22 people, mostly representatives of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). Mr. Richard Emch of AdSTM and Mr. Stewart Bland of Chesapeake Nuclear Services conducted the workshop. The workshop presented the USNRC’s methodology for conducting the review of an application for an early site permit or a construction permit using the guidance of NUREG-0800 (the Standard Review Plan). The workshop included an interactive exercise where the participants were...