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The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual presentation and consultation with the Chilean Commission of Nuclear Energy (CCHEN), on May 27, 2021, to discuss CCHEN’s request for a proposed workshop on aging management of research reactors. The CCHEN Executive Director and senior staff members of the Chilean RECH-1 research reactor management, U.S. NRC and NRC contractor AdSTM attended the meeting. A brief presentation was provided by AdSTM experts Dr. Steve Reese, Mr. Rich Holm, and Mr. Al Adams. The...
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual workshop for Thailand’s nuclear regulatory authority, The Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) entitled, “Overview of Computer Codes Used in the Regulatory Process.” Participants included staff from the NRC’s Offices of Nuclear Reactor Research (RES), Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR) and International Programs (OIP), as well as experts from NRC contractor AdSTM. The workshop was conducted using a virtual platform (Zoom) in three-hour segments over seven separate...
From April 20-22, 2021, the NRC’s International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual workshop for the National Atomic Energy Agency of Poland (PAA) on managing the documentation for a new reactor construction permit application. Participants included staff from the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) and Office of International Programs, as well as NRC contractor AdSTM.Discussions on day one focused on the overall importance of document management during the process of construction permit application review. The NRC’s key document management systems such...
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s International Regulatory Development Partnership conducted a virtual workshop in March 2021 on “Reactor Siting Application Review” for 67 managers and staff at the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA).The workshop was conducted using a virtual platform (Zoom) in three-hour segments over nine separate days between March 3 and 17. The workshop detailed the NRC’s approach to performing the safety review of an application for a permit for reactor siting and was focused on Early Site Permit application. The workshop materials were primarily...
On February 11, 2021, the NRC’s International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) met virtually with Thailand’s Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) to discuss and identify areas for further collaboration under the IRDP. Attendees at the meeting included technical experts from OAP, and US NRC and AdSTM representatives. Discussion was held on OAP’s ongoing regulatory activities and assistance needs as well as the IRDP’s activities and capabilities during the global pandemic. The meeting resulted in a successful discussion of OAP’s highest priority needs including training workshops on the...
On January 20, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual workshop on licensing Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) for the Indonesian government. This was part of a remote consultancy series sponsored by U.S. State Department under its Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program. FIRST is a capacity-building program started by the U.S. Government in 2020 to support nuclear energy newcomer countries in their ability to make future nuclear energy decisions...
On January 19, 2021, the US NRC Radiation Source Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) and the International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual meeting with the Kenya Nuclear Regulatory Authority (KNRA) to discuss KNRA plans and identify areas for future collaboration. KNRA staff, the US NRC, and AdSTM representatives attended the meeting. The meeting resulted in important discussions on KNRA's vision for future bilateral collaboration, which includes radiation source inventory, staff training and capacity building, regulatory development, and development of incident...
From December 16-17, 2020, the NRC International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual workshop for the Polish nuclear regulator, the National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA). The focus of the workshop was on NRC lessons learned for new reactor licensing and inspection.On the first day, the NRC IRDP presented key quality assurance lessons learned gained from challenges encountered in the early days of nuclear power plant construction in the United States. The NRC’s lessons-learned from license application and environmental reviews over the past decade were also presented....
On December 15, 2020, the U.S. NRC Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) and International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual bilateral consultation with the Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR). The meeting focused on ANNuR’s activities in 2020 and its future priorities for cooperation. The IRDP and RSRP representatives also presented on their program’s international assistance activities and capabilities during the global pandemic.
On December 14, 2020, the U.S. NRC Radiation Sources Regulatory Partnership (RSRP) and International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual bilateral consultation with the Chairman of the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA). The meeting focused on FNRBA’s activities in 2020 and its future priorities for cooperation. The NRC IRDP and RSRP representatives also presented on international assistance activities and capabilities during the global pandemic.