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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...
From December 5-9, 2011 Mel Fields and Scott Newberry of AdSTM conducted one week of training for the staff of of the Center for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science in Singapore. Personnel from other Singapore government agencies involved in emergency planning, civil defense, environmental monitoring and the military were also in attendance. The training included a Nuclear Executive Workshop, Fundamentals of Reactor Safety, and a discussion on the events at Fukushima. Singapore is conducting a feasibility study on energy options including nuclear power.
From October 10 to 13, 2011, AdSTM employee Richard Barrett attended the “Central Europe Nuclear Safety Workshop – Trends in Nuclear Power Plant Safety for Robust Civil Nuclear Programs” in Prague. The workshop was jointly hosted by the governments of the Czech Republic and the United States and attracted participation by government officials, regulators and nuclear plant operators from Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovenia. Representatives from EPRI and the IAEA also attended. Mr. Barrett gave presentations on the safety effects of plant aging and on the licensing of...
Between October 10 and 14, 2011, the IRDP participated in a KINS sponsored workshop for the Arab Atomic Energy Authority titled “The Fundamentals of Nuclear Power Plants and Safety Regulations.” During the workshop Ms. Mugeh Afshar-Tous of the NRC gave an “Introduction of NRC/OIP Activities.” AdSTM employee, David Fischer provided presentations on “Safety Classification of Structures, Systems, and Components” and “Limiting Conditions for Operation.”The workshop included presentations on all aspects of nuclear power plant design, licensing, and operation (e.g., NPP overview, licensing process...
During September 19 – 23, 2011, AdSTM launched its first PRA training course for the International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP). The course, based on the NRC P-105 course, “PRA Fundamentals,” was tailored for the unique needs of the Vietnamese Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) and included an interactive practical exercise and final examination. In addition, a one day presentation and discussion on the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident dovetailed with the PRA course and the practical exercise.The 21 participants who included junior staff up to the Deputy Director General...
On September 5 & 6, 2011, staff from AdSTM and the NRC conducted interactive working-level meetings with JNRC staff to discuss a proposed overall management system that is based on USNRC procedures as well as IAEA guidance documents (e.g., IAEA document GS-R-3 related to quality management systems). The proposed management system addresses Organization and Functions, Human Resources, Regulatory Processes, Financial Management and Procurement, Information Management, and External Interfaces (Volumes 1 through 6). The meeting focused on the “licensing” regulatory process in order to better...
On August 30, 2011, Richard Barrett attended the subject training course which included 45 students from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Barrett gave a presentation on the NRC approach to evaluating management systems at US nuclear power plants. The presentation focused on the NRC’s performance-based approach to management assessment, known as the reactor oversight process (ROP). Mr. Barrett described the information which NRC gathers, the ways in which it is evaluated, the method used to make decisions and the approach to assessing management deficiencies when a...