The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) Working Group on Inspection Practices (WGIP) will sponsor the 12th International Workshop on Nuclear Regulatory Inspection Activities on Experience from the Inspection of licensee’s outage activities including fire protection programmes, Event response inspections, and the Impact on inspection programmes of the Fukushima accident. The workshop will be hosted by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S. NRC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA on 7-10 April 2014.
The main purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on regulatory inspection activities. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with their counterparts from other countries and organisations to discuss current and future issues on the selected topics. They will develop conclusions and commendable practices regarding these issues and identify methods to help improve their own inspection programmes.
The CNRA believes that safety inspections are a major element in a regulatory authority’s efforts to ensure the safe operation of nuclear facilities. Considering the importance of these issues, the Committee established a special working group to address inspection practices. The purpose of WGIP is to facilitate the exchange of information and experience related to regulatory safety inspections between CNRA Member countries. This workshop, along with many other activities performed by WGIP, is directed towards this goal. The consensus from participants at previous workshops, noted that the value of meeting with people from other inspection organisations was the most important achievement.
The workshop will address the following three (3) main topics concerning experience from inspection activities:
A brief overview of the concepts and issues for each of the topics is provided in the following paragraphs. Actual issues to be discussed during the workshop will be generated by the organising committee members based on the responses submitted by participants with their registration forms. This will help ensure that issues considered most important by the workshop participants are covered during the group discussions.
Outages are an important opportunity for licensees to undertake plant maintenance, inspections, modifications and other activities necessary to ensure the continued safety of nuclear power plants (NPPs). Fire protection is one of the important aspects to be considered in the frame of this topic because of the increase of the fire risk and maintenance on fire protection systems. The scope of the workshop is limited to planned NPP routine outages and will include: the consideration of NPP outage work scope; regulatory body (RB) inspection scope; nuclear and fire risk minimisation; resolution of outage findings that may affect start-up; and arrangements for restart of the NPP. The focus of this workshop topic is to identify commendable inspection practices by the RB for gaining confidence that safety will be maintained during an outage, return to service, and the following operating cycle of the NPP.
How RBs respond to events is significant for a variety of reasons. The purpose of this workshop topic would be to exchange information on how RBs respond to significant plant operating events. For the purposes of this workshop an event is defined as an incident that has had significant impact on plant safety. Security and safeguard events, and off-site emergency response, have been excluded from this workshop topic to better focus on reactor safety issues. The workshop topic will thus focus on singular events during normal operations and outages which involve an immediate notification of the RB. The focus of this workshop topic is to identify commendable inspection practices for gaining confidence on responding to significant plant operating events.
The Fukushima accident had a significant impact on RBs. Many RBs reacted to the accident by reviewing their regulatory framework, licensing requirement, and inspection programmes. The purpose of this workshop topic is to explore how the reviews led to changes in inspection programmes. The focus of this workshop topic is to identify commendable inspection practices by the RB for gaining confidence that safety will be maintained in case of severe accidents.
The formal workshop sessions will be divided into an Opening Session, Discussion Sessions, Open Discussion Session and a Closing Session. Additionally, informal opportunities will be made available throughout the workshop, for participants to exchange information and communicate on other inspection topics.
This will include presentations by invited speakers from both regulatory and other organisations. The lead WGIP Facilitator for each topic will introduce the main topics to be addressed during the workshop, based on the responses received to the Participants Survey and WGIP discussions.
Participants will be divided into smaller groups to discuss one of three workshop topics. A facilitator and recorder will work with each group to stimulate and encourage discussions. Based on experience at previous workshops each group will remain the same throughout these sessions, although facilitators may be rotated to enhance the exchanges of information. Each group will be expected to develop a list of conclusions and commendable practices for the topics being discussed.
As a result of previous workshops, most participants have commented that advance information is very valuable to the discussions. Therefore, you are kindly requested (and it is highly recommended) that participants supply the following information:
Prior to the closing session an open informal discussion (morning) session will be held. Participants will be given the opportunity to discuss and review all of the workshop topics in an informal setting. This may include a presentation on selected related topics arranged by, USNRC.
One facilitator from each topic will present the conclusions and proposed commendable practices that were developed by their respective groups. A panel discussion including all facilitators and recorders for the topic will answer questions from the audience. Following the presentations, there will be an open panel discussion on the results of the workshop.
It is expected that the participation in the workshop will be mainly from regulatory organisations familiar with inspection programmes and activities. This includes inspectors, inspection managers and inspection training officers. The intrinsic value of these workshops has been to people, (i.e., the inspectors) who face these topics in practical situations on a day-to-day basis.
All presentations, discussions, and meeting documents will be in English.
Proceedings from the workshop will be published, and will include papers from the Opening Session, Conclusions and Recommendations from the discussion groups, Summary of panel discussions, and information papers submitted by participants to the workshop.
In order for Participants to be able to communicate and exchange information on other topics of interest, informal sessions will be arranged during lunch periods and following daily sessions. Additionally, a meet and greet and a dinner have been arranged by the USNRC. The preliminary schedule is provided below and a detailed schedule and programme will be transmitted to each participant in advance of the workshop.
The following schedule has been developed for the workshop. Participants should note that this schedule is preliminary in nature and is subject to change based on the planning and arrangements currently being prepared by the U.S.NRC. As noted in the table, U.S.NRC will be hosting a meet and greet on Sunday evening, a workshop dinner on Thursday evening and coffee breaks during the workshop.
|15:00||Workshop pre-meeting for discussion group leads|
|17:00||Pre-registration meet and greet|
|08:15||Registration and coffee|
Plenary opening session
|Welcome by Mr. Victor McCree, Region II Administrator, U.S.NRC;
Mr. Olivier Veyret, WGIP Chair and Ms. Nancy Salgado, NEA
Presentations of the workshop topics by WGIP topic leads
|13:30||Workshop discussion sessions – By topic|
|Free evening to visit Chattanooga|
Topics Sessions: Parts 2 and 3
|09:00||Resume workshop discussion sessions|
|13:30||Workshop discussion sessions|
|09:00||Host country presentation and open discussion session|
|13:30||Plenary closing session: Workshop discussion results|
|Closing workshop dinner|
|08:30||Meet for tour to U.S.NRC Technical Training Center|
|12:30||Return from tour|
Visit the following link for the online workshop information and registration form.
|12th WGIP workshop fee|
$350 until 31 March 2014
The workshop fee includes:
|LAST day for guaranteed hotel rate||Friday, 6 March 2014|
|Registration for the workshop||Thursday, 6 February 2014|
|Participant survey responses (questionnaire)||Thursday, 6 February 2014|
|Payments received for the workshop||Friday, 31 March 2014|
|Workshop and tour||7-10 April 2014|
Please visit registration.sciberus.com for workshop payment.
After having submitted your registration form a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.
The workshop will be held at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee at a rate of $119 USD plus taxes. Participants are requested to make their own hotel reservation through the email or phone by 6 March 2014. Please quote the workshop code: WGIP WORKSHOP or Reservation ID 496248 when making your reservations. Your workshop fee does not include the hotel room reservation. The workshop hotel rate is only guaranteed for registrations before 6 March 2014.
The Chattanoogan Hotel
1201 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Main: +001 (423) 756-3400
Reservations: +001 (800) 619-0018
Any amendments or cancellations to hotel reservations must be handled directly with the hotel.
Please visit the following links from the U.S. Department of State website to verify your visa requirements.
Should you require more information or letters of invitation, please contact Ms. Marsha Gamberoni at for this event.
Two hours from the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport.
Options from Atlanta to Chattanooga:
All best endeavours will be made to present the program as presented. However, the Workshop Committee of WGIP reserves the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any of the arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the conference, for any cause beyond their reasonable control.
The Workshop Committee is not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alteration.
Ms. Nancy SALGADO,
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 24 10 55
Host Country Contacts:
Mr. Christopher Regan, Chief
Tel: +001 (301) 415 2768
Ms. Marsha Gamberoni,
Tel: +001 (301) 415 0890
NEA Secretariat Assistant
Ms. Elisabeth MAUNY
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 24 10 51
Last reviewed: 12 February 2014