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A Construction Permit Workshop was conducted with VARANS, the nuclear regulator in Vietnam, by Gene Imbro, Weidong He, and Scott Newberry of the AdSTM staff from February 14-18, 2011. Mark Lesser, NRC Region 2 participated as well. The first day of the workshop focused on Licensing Process and Review Methodology. The remainder of the workshop covered the major elements of the CP review. Considerable discussion focused on the management of the regulatory review and how to credit the review of the Country of Origin (COO), achieving maximum efficiency. Availability of information, decision...
A Nuclear Executive Workshop was held in Amman, Jordan for the staff and leadership of the Jordanian Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) from January 16 – 19, 2011. The purpose of the workshop was to provide interactive training on reactor regulation, the organization of a regulatory agency, teamwork among the nuclear organizations, strategies for developing regulatory structures, and the staffing/training activities necessary to support the regulatory mission. The workshop was led by Bill Bateman and Mark Reinhart of AdSTM. Sergey Katsenelenbogen also attended and supported workshop...
A Nuclear Executive Workshop was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the staff and leadership of the Indonesia Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN) from December 8-10, 2010. The purpose of this workshop was to provide interactive training on reactor regulation, the organization of a regulatory agency, teamwork among the nuclear organizations, strategies for developing regulatory structures, and the staffing/training activities necessary to support the regulatory mission. The workshop was led by Bruce Mallett and Scott Newberry of AdSTM. The workshop identified key issues and potential...
In November 2010, members of AdSTM staff presented training to the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ANRA) and the Armenian Nuclear and Radiation Safety Centre (NRSC) as part of the NRC sponsored International Reactor Development Partnership. The training was held at the offices of ANRA in Yeravan, Armenia, from November 15-19, 2010. The training presented was two-fold and its goals were: 1) to describe to the Armenian regulators a licensing process that may be used effectively during the construction permit (CP) review and issuance phase; and 2) to present a methodology for...
IRDP sponsored an extended siting review workshop for the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA). The workshop held October 18-21, 2010, was hosted by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) of South Africa. This workshop was part of the second meeting of the FNRBA’s thematic working group on regulatory infrastructure for nuclear power plants. The countries represented at this workshop included Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Libya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia, and South Africa.The workshop covered in detail the requirements and guidance associated with...
AdSTM staff members Richard Barrett and William Bateman were invited by the Nuclear Energy Department of the Polish Ministry of Economy to lecture on nuclear safety and security to an audience of over 50 government officials from several National and local agencies. The Polish government is currently considering the advisability and timing of a possible nuclear power program. Mr. Barrett and Mr. Bateman gave presentations on a wide range of topics including the legal framework of safety regulation; the phases of regulatory oversight; the functions and activities of a regulator; the conduct of...
On August 26, 2010, representatives of AdSTM met with a representative of the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ANRA) to discuss implementation of various aspects of the NRC sponsored International Regulatory Development Partnership program (IRDP) in Armenia and further areas of cooperation with the Armenian regulator.A significant area of discussion focused on the development of a licensing process and an accompanying procedure that could be used by ANRA, as well as other regulatory agencies with limited resources, in licensing reactor designs that were previously licensed in the...
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) of the Kingdom of Thailand held a workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, from June 28 to 30, on best ways to regulate the location of nuclear power plants in that country. The OAP is Thailand's regulatory authority for the production and use of nuclear energy and radioactive materials. The workshop is part of NRC's partnership with countries considering new nuclear power plants. The goal of the program is to help participating countries develop sustainable regulatory infrastructures to protect the public and the environment....
NRC staff and support contractors traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam to present training and hold discussions with the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS). Two courses were presented over a four day period. The first course presented was on Nuclear Codes and Standards. This training provided an introduction to and the importance of the use of codes and standards in the licensing process. The course provided insights into the fundamental principles incorporated into the design of nuclear generating stations, NRC requirements contained in Appendix A to 10CFR50, and a number of...
NRC staff and support contractors travelled to Yerevan, Armenia to present training and hold discussions with the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (ANRA). A three-day training course was presented on the requirements and guidance associated with reviewing an application for approval of a site for a nuclear power plant. The training was based on information contained in two generic documents previously developed by the IRDP: G-TR-S, “Reactor siting safety requirements,” and G-RG-S, “Reactor siting risk-informed review guide.” Topics covered in the training included natural and man-made...