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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...
Charlie Miller and Scott Newberry of AdSTM visited BAPETEN, the regulatory authority in Indonesia on January 18 and 19. BAPETEN is preparing to receive their first site application for a nuclear power plant. AdSTM is assisting them with their planning efforts, including human resource development, and conduct of training/workshops on various licensing activities. During this meeting all of the planned activiites for 2012 were discussed. Charlie Miller also made a presentatin on Fukushima lessons learned and resonded to questions from BAPETEN staff and management.
Charlie Miller and Scott Newberry of AdSTM met with the leadership and staff of OAP in Thailand on January 16 and 17. The primary purpose of the meeting was to continue support to OAP on their Human Resources Development Plan. This plan is being used by OAP to identify all of the necessary resources needed to review their first application to license a nuclear power plant in Thailand.
From January 9-12, 2012, AdSTM employees Scott Newberry, Gene Imbro, Sergey Katsenelenbogen, and Weidong He of the IRDP conducted a Construction Permit Workshop for the staff of Vietnam Agency of Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Workshop attendees were from different organizations of the VARANS, including Inspectorate, Division of Legislation and Information, Division of Licensing, Center for Technical Support, and Division of Nuclear Safety.The Construction Permit Workshop addressed the prerequisites associated with the development of a nuclear regulatory authority,...
From December 5-9, 2011, Gene Imbro and Rich Emch of AdSTM conducted training for 20 people from the Radiation Protection Board in the Ministry of Public Health, the University of Nairobi in the Ministry of Higher Education, the National Council for Science and Technology in the Ministry of Higher Education, the Kenya Bureau of Standards in the Ministry of Industrialization, and the Nuclear Electricity Project in the Ministry of Energy in Nairobi, Kenya. The training included a Nuclear Executive Workshop and a discussion of the events at Fukushima. The training was conducted at the Lenana...