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From January 25-28, AdSTM, Inc. and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) conducted the IRDP workshop on Research and Test Reactors (RTR) for the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) in Hanoi, Vietnam. The audience was composed of regulators whose responsibility encompassed various aspects of research reactor oversight including inspection, program management, emergency response and security.The workshop was supported by Adstm staff, Mr. Rich Holm, Dr. Steve Reese, and Ms. Tammy Way; and Mr. John Nguyen and Mr. Gene Carpenter, both representing the NRC. Over the...
In conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA), AdSTM participated in the subject workshop which was held at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria from January 12-15, 2016. 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, siting and environmental issues, and the historical licensing process in the USA, and its...
On January 19, 2016, AdSTM represented the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) at the U.S.-ASEAN Workshop on Civil Nuclear Power in Jakarta, Indonesia. The NRC’s Office of International Programs (OIP) was invited to attend the workshop by the U.S. Department of Energy and asked to make a presentation entitled, “The Need for an Independent, Transparent, and Expert Nuclear Regulator and Regulatory Frameworks.” The workshop was conducted jointly by DOE and the ASEAN Centre for Energy.From January 20-21, 2016, AdSTM attended the Nuclear Power Asia Conference representing the NRC’s...
From December 7-11, AdSTM, Inc. and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) conducted a joint International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) workshop on research and test reactor regulations at the campus of Texas A&M University. The audience was composed of reactor operators and nuclear regulators from member countries of the Arab Atomic Energy Agency. Participants included representatives from the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority, Iraq Ministry of Science and Technology, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, Kuwait Ministry of Health, Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission,...
From November 2 to 5, 2015, John Kinneman of AdSTM, Inc. made presentations at a Workshop on Establishing an Independent Regulatory Authority in Morocco organized by the International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program (INSEP) in the Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NPAC) in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the Department of Energy (DOE). The workshop was attended by representatives of the Moroccan National Center of Radiation Protection (CNRP), The National Center for Nuclear Energy Sciences and Techniques (CNESTEN), and the Ministry of Energy, Mines,...
AdSTM instructors, Mr. Rich Emch and Dr. David Squarer, conducted two licensing workshops, from October 19-23, 2015 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The International Regulatory Development Program (IRDP) workshops, How to Manage a Regulatory Review and Licensing Process, was presented to and hosted by the Vietnamese regulator, the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS); VARANS is part of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Sixteen VARANS staff participated in the five-day training event, which were recently developed under the IRDP for 2015.The How to Manage a Regulatory Review is a...
AdSTM conducted a consultation with ARNR from October 20 - 22, 2015 to learn about their regulatory program, and to determine if there are areas of mutual interest where AdSTM could provide assistance in the further development and enhancement of their program. The consultation was performed as a result of conversations between AdSTM and ARNR as the next step of cooperation following the completion of the radioactive source inventory work. The consultation was conducted by Dr. Charles Miller and Mr. Paulo Ferruz, and consisted of a series of discussions with ARNR management and staff....
AdSTM presented a Construction Permit (CP) Application Review Workshop on September 7-11, 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. The Romanian nuclear regulatory authority, the National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN) hosted the workshop. AdSTM instructors, David Squarer and Mel Fields, delivered the USNRC/ IRDP course. The CP application review course was very well attended and represented a diverse audience from various nuclear organizations. Approximately forty attendees from seven Romanian organizations participated in the five-day workshop including: CNCAN, UPB the University of...
AdSTM conducted a second consultation with NNR from September 15 to September 22, 2015 to provide additional assistance in the development of a revised inspector qualification program. The consultation was performed as a result of a request by NNR to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as part of the support to South Africa under the IRDP. The consultation was conducted by Dr. Charles Miller and Mr. John Kinneman, and consisted of a series of discussions with NNR senior management and interviews with a small sample of NNR inspectors. Following the discussions AdSTM developed a set of...
From August 16-18, 2015, the AdSTM conducted an Environmental Assessment Workshop at the offices of the Energy and Mineral Regulatory Commission (EMRC) in Amman, Jordan. Mr. Richard Emch (AdSTM) and Mr. Stewart Bland (Chesapeake Nuclear Services) provided training to twenty individuals representing various organizations including the EMRC, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), Ministry of Environment (MOENV), KEPCO E&C, and Dar Al-Handsah. KEPCO E&C, JAEC’s contractor, is responsible for developing the Site Safety Analysis and Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed nuclear...