News from 2021

Screenshot from Virtual Workshop for Romania
From September 6-8, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual workshop for the Romanian National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN). The 3-day workshop focused on potential changes to a nuclear power plant’s licensing basis.  It consisted of presentations conducted by experts Dr. Richard Barrett and Mr. Michael Scott from NRC’s contractor, Advanced Systems Technology and Management, Inc. (AdSTM), along with multiple interactive exercises that enabled participants to gain additional...
Screenshot from QA and Vendor Inspection virtual workshop for PAA
From August 24-26, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual workshop for the National Atomic Energy Agency of Poland (PAA). The 3-day workshop focused on quality assurance (QA) and vendor inspection lessons learned and consisted of presentations conducted by Mr. Greg Galletti and Mr. Odunayo Ayegbusi from the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, supported by AdSTM experts Dr. Charles Miller and Mr. Mark Tonacci.On the first day, the presenters described foundational information regarding the QA...
On July 14, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) conducted a virtual workshop on licensing Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) for regulatory authorities and other stakeholders from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. This was part of a remote consultancy series sponsored by U.S. Department of State under the U.S. 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...
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...