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From September 17 – 21, four staff members from AdSTM and Brookhaven National Lab successfully conducted a workshop for the staff of China Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center (NSC) of the China National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) on a number of computer codes, including TRACE, PARCS, SCALE (primarily TRITON, NEWT), and SNAP. This workshop was funded by U.S. NRC Office of International Programs (OIP). The workshop covered basics of these codes and modeling guidelines which are oriented to new users. It involved both formal lectures and hands-on exercises. In addition, individual...
From September 17-28, 2012, the International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) provided support to the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) who conducted a Workshop on Emergency Preparedness and Environmental Radiation Monitoring at the KINS facilities in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. Mr. Richard Emch of AdSTM assisted the KINS staff, led by Dr. DaeSoo Shin, in conducting the workshop and made three presentations: (1) “Radiological Environmental Monitoring Around U.S. Nuclear Power Plants,” (2) “U.S. EPA’s RADNET System,” and (3) “Emergency Preparedness Programs for U.S. Nuclear...
During the week of September 3rd through 7th, 2012, the International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) provided support to the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies of Africa (FNRBA) by delivering three training courses at the Fourth meeting of the FNRBA Thematic Working Group on Regulatory Infrastructure for Nuclear Power Plants in Swakopmund, Namibia. The three training courses included the Fundamentals of Reactor Regulation Workshop, Nuclear Quality Assurance course, and Nuclear Codes and Standards course. The venue for the workshop was the Sea Side Hotel and Spa in Swakopmund. The...
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”,...