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On December 4-6, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the NRC’s International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) supported a regional conference in Chile sponsored by the U.S. Department of State under the Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program. The conference was titled “FIRST Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference on Advancing the Safe and Secure Deployment of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)”. The conference objective was to help officials in the region better understand the role of nuclear...
On November 6-10, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a 5-day workshop with Poland’s National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA). The objective of the workshop was to support the preparations for a construction license application for three Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactors.The workshop, held in Warsaw, Poland, was conducted by: senior NRC Managers, Ms. Sabrina Atack and Mr. Brian Smith who were supported by virtual presentations from NRC staff; the NRC Desk Officer for Poland, Mr. Eric Thomas; and Dr....
From October 8-12, 2023, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (USNRC) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a workshop on “Research and Test Reactor Inspections – Health Physics” in Amman, Jordan. The workshop was hosted by the Jordanian Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC). The audience included nuclear regulators from several directorates associated with inspection and licensing. This workshop was a follow-up to a previous virtual workshop held in early 2023 for EMRC on general inspection considerations.IRDP instructors, Mr. Al Adams, and...
On June 20-21, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) held a 2-day regulatory development workshop in Estonia sponsored by the U.S. Department of State under the Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program. Estonia is currently analyzing the potential for introducing nuclear power to Estonia, considering possible technologies, climate goals, economics, and legal and regulatory requirements. The workshop facilitated discussions among key stakeholders about the...
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (USNRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) supported the Intercontinental Nuclear Institute (INI) at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. The INI is a four-week training session developed in cooperation with the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The INI is organized to promote long-term sustainability of nuclear power programs and infrastructure through capacity building, global dialogue and technical engagement...
From May 22-26, 2023, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (USNRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a workshop on “Research and Test Reactor Licensing” in Santiago, Chile.  The workshop was hosted by the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN).  The audience included staff and management from CCHEN as well as staff from the RECH-1 reactor which has been in operation since 1974.  This workshop was a follow-up to a virtual workshop held with CCHEN in 2022 focused on research reactor aging management.IRDP instructors, Mr. Al Adams...
On May 18, 2023, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (USNRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) held a meeting with the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA). The meeting was held in Singapore and was conducted by Emily Larson, Senior International Relations Officer of the NRC’s Office of International Programs, and Stewart Magruder, Michael Scott and Mark Shaffer from NRC’s contractor, Advanced Systems Technology and Management, Inc. (AdSTM).The discussions included several topics related to licensing of Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs), and particularly...
On May 9-11, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a 3-day meeting with Poland’s National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA). The objective of the meeting was to support the preparations for a construction permit application for three Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactors.The meeting was held in Warsaw, Poland and was conducted by subject matter experts Ms. Sabrina Atack, Deputy Director of the NRC’s Office of International Programs, and Mr. Mark Tonacci, NRC contractor, Advanced Systems Technology and...
From May 1-9, 2023, the NRC’s International Regulatory Development Partnership conducted a virtual workshop for Jordan’s Energy & Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC). The overall purpose of the workshop was to provide EMRC with technical training in the area of radiation protection inspection activities for the Jordan Research & Training Reactor (JRTR). Several of the workshop participants asked insightful questions that indicated strong interest and engagement in the subject matter. The topics presented were tailored to EMRC needs – specifically, AdSTM subject matter experts...
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...