A paper describing the IRDP approach to development and implementation of a regulatory agency was presented at the ANS annual meeting in Atlanta. The paper described IRDP work in support of regulatory agencies in countries with emerging nuclear licensing programs. There was a great deal of interest and discussion on the part of attendees.
IRDP presented its first training session this month; a three-day program on site review at the Hanoi headquarters of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS). The content of the session mirrored the technical requirements and guidance contained in documents developed by the IRDP. Participants in the training consisted on management and staff of VARANS and a visitor from the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) of South Africa.
NRC staff and contractors travelled to Hanoi for an initial meeting with the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS). The two parties held extensive discussions about the implementation of a reactor regulatory program in Vietnam. The meeting was also attended by representatives from Armenia and Kazakhstan, and presentations were given regarding nuclear regulatory programs in those countries. At the conclusion of the meeting, the two parties agreed on future cooperative efforts on regulatory program development, training and technical support.
NRC staff and contractors visited Yerevan for an initial meeting with the Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (ANRA). The discussions centered on the steps necessary for ANRA to develop an effective reactor licensing program, and the role the IRDP can play in supporting that effort. NRC Commissioner Peter Lyons also attended and participated in some of the discussion.