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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...
From July 18 - 22, the IRDP presented the Advanced Siting Requirements Workshop to the Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) in Arusha, Tanzania. The content of the workshop included an overview of reactor siting and regulations, site characteristics, cooling water, meteorology and radiation transport, man-made and natural hazards, electrical grid reliability, seismic hazards and probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, emergency planning, and insights into the Fukushima event.The course was taught by David Squarer and Gene Imbro of AdSTM, and was well attended by TAEC employees. Also in...
From July 11-15, 2011, the IRDP conducted a Construction Permit Workshop for the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies of Africa (FNRBA) in Mombasa, Kenya. Workshop attendees included representatives from 11 African countries including Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Tunisia. The Kenyan delegation included representatives from the Kenyan Radiation Protection Board (regulator) as well as the Ministry of Energy, Nuclear Electricity Project Committee (utility).The newly developed Construction Permit Workshop addressed the...
From May 15-18, 2011, representatives of AdSTM and the Department of Energy (DOE/NNSA), conducted a Nuclear Executive Workshop in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Attending the workshop were members of KNNEC and several Kuwait Ministry representatives working to prepare the Kuwait governmental infrastructure to safely regulate the siting, construction, and operation of a nuclear power plant (NPP). While a decision to move ahead with an NPP has not yet been made in Kuwait , this workshop was held to assist Kuwait government organizations in their planning, including their human resource development and...
Between March 8-10, 2011, AdSTM and NRC/OIP developed and staffed an International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP) Poster Exhibit at the 2011 Regulatory Information Conference (RIC). Sponsored by the NRC’s Office of International Programs, the IRDP assists countries with emerging nuclear power programs to develop regulatory agencies capable of licensing and regulatory oversight of new reactors. The IRDP poster, revised IRDP brochure, and IRDP website highlight the training modules, regulatory documents, and bi-lateral consulting that are provided by the IRDP to partner countries...
On March 10, 2011, representatives of AdSTM and the US NRC Office of International Programs (OIP) met with Dr. Sharaf, the Director General of the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) to discuss a prioritized action items list developed by JNRC subsequent to the IRDP Nuclear Executive Workshop (NEW) conducted in Amman, Jordan from the January 16-19, 2011. Topics discussed during the meeting included: the JNRC organizational structure, quality management systems, emergency planning, qualification programs, safety culture, and access to NRC codes e.g., dose assessment codes, thermal-...
From February 21-25, David Squarer and Mihaela Biro of AdSTM led a Siting Workshop at the BAPETEN offices in Jakarta, Indonesia. Bob Schaaf from NRC/NRO participated and shared NRC perspectives with those in attendance. BAPETEN expects to receive an application for a site license in the 2014. The application will be preceded by a two year site evaluation process which is expected to consider the characteristics of 3 sites now being considered for placing the first nuclear power plant in Indonesia. The workshop covered the requirements and guidance associated with reviewing an application...
A Construction Permit Workshop was conducted with VARANS, the nuclear regulator in Vietnam, by Gene Imbro, Weidong He, and Scott Newberry of the AdSTM staff from February 14-18, 2011. Mark Lesser, NRC Region 2 participated as well. The first day of the workshop focused on Licensing Process and Review Methodology. The remainder of the workshop covered the major elements of the CP review. Considerable discussion focused on the management of the regulatory review and how to credit the review of the Country of Origin (COO), achieving maximum efficiency. Availability of information, decision...