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From February 27 – March 3, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) held a 5-day topical workshop for the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA). The workshop was held in Accra, Ghana and focused on how to identify and assess the potential environmental impacts of a nuclear power plant. The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority and the Ghana Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) helped to organize the event, which was hosted by the Ghana NRA.The workshop included technical presentations, facilitated discussions...
From February 6-8, 2023, the NRC’s Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) and International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) participated in the 14th Meeting of The Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR) in Hammamet, Tunisia. The NRC delivered two presentations describing past and present collaboration with ANNuR and the details of the NRC-funded Master’s Program in Radiation Protection. The meeting helped to strengthen the ongoing collaboration between the NRC and ANNuR as an organization, and it provided opportunities for the NRC to discuss bilateral engagements with...
On December 5-9, 2022, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) held a 5-day workshop on new reactor regulation with Poland’s National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA).  The objective of the workshop was to support the preparations for a construction permit application for three AP1000 reactors.The hybrid workshop was held in Warsaw, Poland, and was conducted by subject matter experts from NRC’s contractor, Advanced Systems Technology and Management, Inc. (AdSTM), Dr. Charles Miller, Mr. Mark Tonacci and Mr. Stewart Magruder. The...
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual workshop on Nuclear Power Plant Construction Licensing with the Thailand Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP). This virtual workshop included the dates of September 20-23, November 7-11, November 14 and 15, and November 30 - December 2, 2022. During the workshop, eight IRDP instructors, along with five subject matter experts from the NRC Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, discussed construction licensing topics for nuclear power plants. The workshop presentations...
On October 18 and 19, 2022, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership supported a 2-day Stakeholder Engagement and Communications virtual webinar for Latvia. This webinar was part of the Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program, led by the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with the NRC and other U.S. agencies. The FIRST program is supporting Latvia as it explores the adoption of nuclear energy technology and formation of their independent nuclear regulatory authority.This...
On September 19-21, 2022, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) supported a 3-day virtual event for Serbia on “Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Roadmap and Technology Assessment.” The event was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State under the Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program in collaboration with the NRC and other U.S. agencies.  The FIRST program is supporting Serbia as they explore the introduction of nuclear power in their country.  Serbian agencies...
On August 18-19, 2022, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) held a 2-day licensing and regulatory development workshop in Ghana sponsored by the U.S. Department of State under the Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program. The objective of the workshop was to facilitate discussions among the key stakeholders about the regulatory challenges associated with licensing small modular reactors (SMRs). Those discussions followed presentations on the NRC licensing framework,...
On August 10-11, 2022, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) supported a 2-day virtual event for Ukraine. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State under the Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program in collaboration with the NRC and other U.S. agencies.  The FIRST program is supporting Ukraine as they explore small modular reactor (SMR) technology selection considerations.  Ukrainian agencies participating included the Ministry of Energy -...
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual workshop with the Thailand Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) on August 1 - 4, 2022. During the workshop the IRDP instructor Mr. Robert Gramm, along with Mr. Kevin Roche from the NRC Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, discussed the NRC’s construction inspection program for research reactors. The instructors presented the suite of NRC construction inspection program documents that are applicable for research and test reactors. This included:Inspection...
On July 12, 2022, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) held a virtual meeting with Indonesia’s nuclear regulator, Badan Pengawas Tenaga Nuklir (BAPETEN). The purpose of the meeting was to identify areas for further collaboration under the IRDP. Attendees at the meeting included technical experts from BAPETEN, the US NRC, and AdSTM representatives. Discussions included BAPETEN’s ongoing regulatory activities and potential assistance engagements as well as the IRDP’s activities and capabilities. The meeting resulted in a successful...