News from 2018

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...
The IRDP Program and the IAEA continued their long history of collaboration by sponsoring a joint workshop on the Fundamentals of Reactor Siting Safety, Environmental, and Emergency Planning for the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FRNBA). The workshop was hosted by the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from January 15 to January 19, 2018. The workshop was conducted by instructors from Advanced System Technology and Management (AdSTM) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The AdSTM instructors were Richard Emch and Stewart Bland; Karim Ben Ouaghrem (IAEA's...
From November 27 – December 1, 2017, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sponsored the Annual Meeting on the Safety and Licensing of Research Reactors, in collaboration with the Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR) and the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies of Africa (FNRBA). The annual meeting was hosted by The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. The IAEA was requested by ANNuR and FNRBA to serve as the technical secretariat. In this capacity, the IAEA conducted expert review activities and expert consultancies in a number of ANNuR and FNRBA member states; focus...