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During the week of August 6-10, Mel Fields of AdSTM participated in an IAEA consultancy meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The objective of the meeting was to review the draft training materials developed by the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) for two IAEA-sponsored workshops for countries embarking on nuclear power programs. These two workshops were the workshop on Safety Regulations and the workshop on Human Resource Development (HRD) of Regulatory Body and Use of External Support Organizations.This meeting was a follow-up meeting to the one held at the Vienna...
From June 18-22, 2012, David Squarer and Richard Emch of AdSTM conducted a Siting Workshop for 34 people from the Office of the President, the Radiation Protection Board, the University of Nairobi/Institute, the National Council for Science and Technology, the Kenya Bureau of Standards, the National Environmental Management Authority, the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute, the Meteorological Department of the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Services, and the Nuclear Energy Project Committee in Nairobi, Kenya. The training also included a discussion of the events at...
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requested that the IRDP support a workshop on developing the necessary safety infrastructure for a nuclear power program, to be conducted in Vilnius, Lithuania from June 18-22, 2012.  The workshop summarized the content of IAEA Specific Safety Guide SSG-16, “Establishing the Safety Infrastructure for a Nuclear Power Programme.”  IAEA Safety Guide SSG-­16 addresses 20 topic areas organized into 11 Modules.  For each topic area SSG-16 identifies action items that need to be implemented for Phase 1, Phase 2, or Phase 3 of a...
During the week of May 28 through June 1, 2012, Bill Bateman and Mel Fields of AdSTM participated in an IAEA expert mission with the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK - Türkiye Atom Enerjisi Kurumu) at their Ankara, Turkey headquarters. Also participating were Stephen Koenick from the IAEA and Miroslav Jakeš from the Czech Republic State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB - Státní úřad pro jadernou bezpečnost). There was 25 to 30 TAEK staff in attendance during this 5-day training session.The purpose of this IAEA mission was to deliver specialized knowledge within the scheme of IAEA...
During the week of May 7-11, Dr. Charles Miller participated in a workshop for the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC). IFNEC provides a forum for cooperation among participating countries to explore mutually beneficial approaches to ensure the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, with participation from over 60 countries. The workshop brought together experts from a number of disciplines to present, discuss, and debate the various issues, challenges, and impediments to financing new nuclear power plant construction and operation worldwide. Mr. Miller...
From March 4-8, 2012, Morton Fleishman of AdSTM provided mentoring support to the staff of the Nuclear Safety and Security Division (NSSD) of the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) in its review and evaluation of the Preliminary Safety Analysis Report (PSAR) for the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR). The NSSD staff is performing the evaluation of the PSAR in collaboration with the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS). The PSAR was submitted for review and approval by the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) who will own and operate the JRTR. The contractor responsible...
From March 5-9, 2012, Scott Newberry and Richard Emch of AdSTM conducted training for ten participants from nations that are members of the Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA): Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, and Tunisia. The training included a Nuclear Executive Workshop and a discussion of the events at Fukushima. The training was conducted at the International House, a hotel a few blocks from the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. Many of the participants, including Professor Abdelmajid Mahjoub, the Director General of the AAEA, were indeed “nuclear executives”,...
During the week of February 20-24, 2012, representatives of AdSTM and Ms. Danielle Emche of NRC Office of International Programs traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania to conduct a Construction Permit Workshop for Lithuania’s State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI). The attendance list included VATESI staff, as well as representatives from technical support organizations and universities. The Construction Permit Workshop addressed the prerequisites associated with the development of a nuclear regulatory authority, safety requirements and concepts, the construction permit review process, the...
Between February 13 and 17, 2012, the IRDP conducted a Nuclear Executive Workshop at PNRI in the Philippines. AdSTM also briefed PNRI on the status of small modular reactor (SMR) reviews and issues in the United States. Dr. Charlie Miller (AdSTM) briefed PNRI, and representatives from the Philippine Department of Energy, and the National Power Corporation on the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi. Pat Milano (NRC/NRR) and Bob Haag (NRC/RII) briefed PNRI on the restart of Browns Ferry Unit 1, Watts Bar Unit 2, and Bellefonte Units 1 & 2. Following the various training sessions NRC/AdSTM staff...
From February 13 - 17, 2012 the IRDP conducted the Nuclear Fundamentals course in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop included two days of Fundamentals of Reactor Regulations (FORR) and two and a half days of Fundamentals of Reactor Safety (FORS). The event was well attended by the following organizations: Kenya Radiation Protection Board (RPB), University of Nairobi, Kenya Polytechni, Nuclear Energy Project/Ministry of Energy (NEP), Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), and the Ministry of...