Hosted by the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
|Preliminary registration deadline||E-mail registration form||15 February 2018|
|Deadline for full paper submission||28 February 2018|
|Deadline for presentations||30 March 2018|
The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) Working Group on Fuel Cycle Safety (WGFCS) will hold an international workshop on Chemical Hazards in Fuel Cycle Facilities Nuclear Processing. The workshop will be hosted by the IRSN in co-operation with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) and the NEA on April 17-19 2018 in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France. The workshop is planned for three days. This announcement includes the information on this event and the call for papers to be submitted for presentation at the workshop.
Working under the mandate of the CSNI, the objective of the WGFCS is to advance the understanding for regulators, technical support organisations (TSOs) and operators of relevant aspects of nuclear fuel cycle safety in NEA member countries.
The objective of this workshop is to discuss and review national activities, safety and regulatory approaches for managing chemical hazards at fuel cycle facilities (FCFs), the effectiveness of these activities, and areas for improvement.
The chemical forms of nuclear material used in FCFs as well as the chemicals and processes used in nuclear material processing can introduce chemical toxicity hazards as well as reactive chemical hazards. A wide variety of chemical hazards is considered in the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of FCF’s.
In 2011, the WGFCS held a workshop, “Safety Assessment of Fuel Cycle Facilities – Regulatory Approaches and Industry Perspectives.” Recommendations from this workshop recognised the importance of the impact of chemical hazards on safety assessments of FCFs. Additionally, the WGFCS members agreed that there was a benefit for the fuel cycle community to identify best practices for chemical safety within the nuclear industry and other industrial sectors, such as the chemical industry.
FCFs should be designed and operated in a manner that ensures that the risks of hazardous chemical exposure, corrosion, fire, explosion and contamination are controlled and minimised. The evaluation of chemical risks for FCFs is important to the safety of nuclear processing. Consequently, assurance of safety requires control of both the chemical and nuclear hazards.
Chemical safety hazards can occur across the spectrum of FCFs including uranium conversion facilities, uranium enrichment facilities, all types of fuel fabrication facilities, irradiated material processing facilities and waste management operations.
The workshop will discuss potential regulatory issues involving chemical processing of nuclear materials operations as well as safety issues regarding accidents prevention and mitigation of the potential consequences (chemical and possibly radiological) for the workers, the public and the environment. The workshop will be centred on the following technical focus areas:
Session 1: Regulations, standards, requirements and guidance for chemical safety for FCF’s, including:
Session 2: Consideration of chemical hazards for the design, commissioning, operation and decommissioning of FCFs, including:
Session 3: Emergency preparedness and response in case of accidental situation due to chemical hazards in FCFs, including:
Session 4: Operating experience feedback on managing chemical hazards in FCFs, including:
Workshop agenda is available on the workshop webpage, to which you will receive access as from 23 February 2018 after your registration is confirmed.
The workshop will include an introductory session, four technical sessions devoted to presentations by participants on the topics identified above and a final session. The final session will summarise the discussions and develop conclusions and recommendations for possible further CSNI actions.
All participants are expected to take part in the discussion and in the formulation of conclusions in the final session.
A technical visit to Saclay Nuclear Research Centre (20km from Paris), will be arranged during the last day of the workshop. More detailed schedule and information (bus and lunch fees) will be provided at a later date. Due to logistical constraints the number of participants to the visit is limited to 30 persons. Note: Passport are requested for non-EU citizens; there will be no charge for the visit.
8:45 — Bus to Saclay Center from Le Guichet RER B station
9:00 — Arrival at Saclay Center - Access Controls
9:30–12:00 — Visit of IRSN’s experimental facilities and means
Consistent with other NEA workshops, participation is open to experts from FCF operating organisations, regulatory authorities and their TSOs, FCF designers and vendors and industry associations and observers from NEA member countries. The organising committee will seek participation from other countries and organisations.
Participants wishing to present papers shall submit an abstract (between 200 and 400 words). All abstracts should be submitted by 29 September 2017 electronically with the registration form when available on this page. (Note: All abstracts should be submitted electronically, using MS Word and “Times New Roman 11” font.) Download the abstract form.
The organising committee will review the abstracts, and authors will be notified of the result of the review by 15 November 2017. Specific instructions for the format of papers will be provided to authors. The paper length should not exceed 12 pages of A4 format including tables and figures.
Registration will open after 5 January 2018. Participants should verify final registration dates on this page. Details on travel costs, meeting space, and the registration and site visit fees will be provided at a later date.
Full papers should be submitted by 28 February 2018. Presentations of the papers should not exceed 20 minutes and should be sent electronically no later than 30 March 2018.
The workshop will be hosted by IRSN and NEA in co-operation with the US NRC. It will be held at NEA offices in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France.
More details about the workshop location, the name of the hotel and information about hotels nearby will be provided later.
All costs incurred by participants for travel, stay and daily expenses are the responsibility of the participant and are not borne by the IRSN or NEA.
All presentations and discussions will be in English, and good command of the English language will be necessary to fully benefit from the workshop.
Proceedings of the workshop will be published and will include full papers and presentations from the opening session and all technical sessions, conclusions and recommendations from discussions in panel sessions and the final summary session of the workshop.
|Craig Erlanger||NRC||United States|
|Marilyn Diaz||NRC||United States|
Nuclear Safety Division
OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
46, quai Alphonse Le Gallo
92100 BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 24 10 58
Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire
Tel.: +33 (0)1 58 35 73 08
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Nuclear Material Safety And Safeguards
Division of Fuel Cycle Safety, Safeguards and Environmental Review
Tel.: +1 (301) 415-7110
Last reviewed: 30 January 2018