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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...
Level 2 Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) and Severe Accident Management Guidelines (SAMG) Workshop was held in Beijing, China on September 19-23, 2016. The meeting was organized jointly by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) on behalf of Department of Energy (DOE) and by China Nuclear Power Engineering Co, Ltd (CNPE). The meeting was hosted by China National Energy Administration. The Workshop was attended by 14 Chinese organizations representing utilities, regulator, designers/vendors, research institutions, and university. The meeting was well attended (65 attendees) and the participants...
From August 29 to September 2, 2016, AdSTM conducted the subject workshop in Bucharest, Romania. The workshop was attended by members of the Romanian nuclear regulatory authority, CNCAN and personnel responsible for the operation of the two CANDU6 nuclear power plants operated in Romania. The workshop covered various aspects of the 2011 accident at Fukushima, the NRC response and follow-up activities to address the lessons learned from the accident. In addition, the workshop focused on the essential elements of a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). The attendees learned about the basic PRA...
State College, PA From August 8 - 11, 2016, AdSTM staff conducted an On-the-Job (OJT) mock research reactor inspection at the Penn State Breazeale TRIGA Reactor (PSBR) in State College, Pennsylvania. The participants were three nuclear regulators from the Thailand Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP), Bureau of Nuclear Safety (BNSR), whose responsibility encompasses various aspects of research reactor oversight and inspection. The OJT mock inspection provided the Thailand BNSR staff a practical application of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) inspection protocols for a typical...
From 16 to 19 August 2016, John Kinneman of AdSTM, Inc. attended and participated in the Consultancy Meeting of the African Regulatory Body Network (FNRBA) held at IAEA in Vienna, Austria. One focus of this meeting was, “Regulatory Body needs and services provided by FNRBA to Regulatory Bodies.” In addition to discussions on this subject and revising the organization charter, there were meetings of the FNRBA Technical Working Groups (TWG). These meetings completed the development of specific needs from the results of a gap analysis and plans for activities in 2017 to respond to those gaps....