New project: China - Enhancing the capacity and regulatory capabilities of the Chinese National NuclearSafety Administration

Ending December 2016 we received excellent news that our bid for project INSC CN3.01/15 in China was the winner and we just signed the contract last week.

During three years, the consortium led by RISKAUDIT will share the European knowledge, methods, know-how and best practices in order to:

In the field of the “radioactive waste management and decommissioning”:

  • support the Chinese beneficiary in further developing their requirements and approaches for regulating the safety of the main activities in this area (release of gaseous and liquid effluents to the environment, disposal of solid radioactive waste in near surface and intermediate depth facilities and in deep geological formations, high integrity containers used for waste disposal, decommissioning of nuclear facilities),
  • advise the Chinese beneficiary on how trust and confidence in the regulatory process could be enhanced.

In the field of the “emergency preparedness and response”:

  • review the approaches used by the Chinese beneficiary for evaluating the adequacy of operators’ emergency arrangements, both on- and off-site,
  • review the Chinese beneficiary’s roles and responsibilities within overall national EPR arrangements, and to support the Chinese beneficiary in further enhancing their approaches and defining their roles/responsibilities
  • review the technical tools and methods used by Chinese beneficiary for aiding judgments on the adequacy of measures being taken, or planned, by the operator in response to a nuclear or radiological accident/emergency and providing advice to relevant emergency authorities,
  • support Chinese beneficiary in further enhancing their tools and methods.

In the field of the “seismic safety of nuclear island building structures”:

  • evaluate and regulate the seismic safety of nuclear island building structures
  • review regulatory approaches currently used by the beneficiary identifying any gaps/weaknesses;
  • support the Chinese beneficiary in further developing their procedures, approaches, requirements, guidance, etc., for evaluating and regulating seismic safety.

 In the field of the “transport of radioactive materials”:

  • regulate the safe transport of spent fuel and uranium hexafluoride (UF6),
  • review regulatory approaches used by the Chinese beneficiary, identifying any gaps/weaknesses;
  • support the Chinese beneficiary in further developing their regulatory approach, requirements, guidance, ect.

In the field of the “safety principles for the reprocessing of nuclear fuel”:

  • use of safety principles for regulating the safety of fuel reprocessing plants;
  • review approaches used by the Chinese beneficiary, identifying gaps/weaknesses and to support the Chinese beneficiary in further developing their approach to regulating the safety of fuel reprocessing plants.

In the field of the “national R&D base for radiation and nuclear safety”:

  • carry out R&D for nuclear and radiation safety and on cooperation and exchange of information between organisations with a major role in or responsibility in this area (regulatory authorities, utilities, etc.),
  • support the Chinese beneficiary in their further development, design, optimisation, construction and management of the national R&D Base, in particular establishing a structure that will facilitate a more holistic and integrated approach to regulating nuclear safety, security and safeguards. This thematic will be implemented with the support of the European Nuclear Safety Tutoring and Training Initiative (ENSTTI) that will act as nominated subcontractor, with corresponding funding from the EC.