IRDP Supports IAEA Regional Workshop for ANSN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

May 28th, 2014 — 

Between May 19-23, 2014, Ms. Danielle Emche (NRC) and David Fischer (AdSTM) supported an IAEA workshop for ANSN member countries on Regulatory Approaches Needed for Deployment of a Country’s First Nuclear Power Plant Project. During the workshop, Mr. Fischer presented the U.S. NRC’s evolving nuclear regulatory approach. He also summarized the regulatory approaches currently used in each member country (i.e., the day 3 presentations) and moderated breakout sessions. The purpose of the workshop was to present various regulatory approaches (e.g., prescriptive versus performance-based) that are currently being used throughout the world to assist Asian Nuclear Safety Network (ANSN) member countries embarking on nuclear power to determine the most appropriate approach for their country. First, the IAEA Technical Lead summarized the IAEA safety standards that deal with regulatory approaches. This was followed by presentations by representatives from France, South Korea, Japan, and the United States on the actual regulatory approach used in their countries. Group breakout sessions were conducted to: Discuss the regulatory approach currently used in each participant country and identify example regulations. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various regulatory approaches. Address a case study on prescriptive versus performance-based versus mixed regulations. Each member country described the regulatory approach currently used in their country. Member countries represented at the workshop included: Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Viet Nam, Bangladesh, and China. The expected outcome was for the ANSN member country representatives to have a better understanding of the regulatory approach that should taken in their country for regulating new nuclear power plant(s).