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Chapter 06

    1. From public information to transparency
    2. ASN’s information media
      1. ASN’s website, www.asn.fr
      2. The French Nuclear Safety Authority’s Newsletter
      3. Contrôle magazine
      4. The ASN Report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France
      5. ASN in-house publications
    3. ASN’s audiences
      1. ASN and the general public
      2. ASN and professionals
      3. ASN and the media
      4. ASN and elected representatives
    4. ASN’s international communication actions
    1. Information released by the licensees
      1. Information circulated on the initiative of the licensees
      2. Access to information in the possession of the licensees
    2. Public consultation about projects
      1. Public consultation procedures
      2. Developing public consultation
    3. The Local Information Committees and the National Association of Local
      Information Commissions and Committees
      1. Local Information Committees for the Basic Nuclear Installations
      2. The Federation of Local Information Committees: the National Association of
        Local Information Commissions and Committees
    4. High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Security
    5. Information released by the other stakeholders
      1. Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN)
        Selection of websites of the various stakeholders

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Informing the public about nuclear safety and radiation protection is one of ASN's fundamental roles. This role was conferred on ASN from its inception, and was reinforced by the Act of 13th June 2006 relative to transparency and safety in the nuclear field. The Act, which makes it a duty for ASN to inform the public, defines transparency in the nuclear field as "all the measures taken to guarantee the public's right to reliable and understandable information concerning nuclear safety".

This duty to inform takes the form of numerous actions carried out at international, national and regional level. These actions are characterised by the multitude and diversity of the themes developed, of the audiences targeted (general public, media, institutional and professional audiences), and of the information means used (press relations, events, publications, Internet, etc.).

In 2012, ASN will continue to enhance transparency and information on the subjects under its responsibility, together with the other players and stakeholders.

It aims to make technical information more accessible and comprehensible to the general public.

It will improve its publications in order to more closely match the expectations of the audiences and will release more informative and educational videos on its website.

ASN will also continue to consult the public by means of online channels.

Developing exchanges with elected officials and stakeholders will also be one of the focal points of its public information actions.

In 2012, ASN will also continue actions to develop application of the requirements of the TSN Act concerning licensee transparency and procedures relating to nuclear activities.

It will contribute to the revision of the procedures for public consultation - where nuclear activities are concerned - provided for in the act on the national environment commitment ("Grenelle 2" Act): this chiefly concerns reforming the public inquiries and the institutionalisation, further to an ASN proposal, of a procedure for consulting the public about projects that could lead to a significant increase in water intake or discharges into the environment from a BNI, but which does not fall under the public inquiry procedure.

ASN will continue to ensure correct application of the provisions concerning access to the information in the possession of the BNI licensees, and the recent extension of these provisions to cover those in charge of the main radioactive material transport operations. It will initiate consultation with a view to applying these arrangements, as stipulated by the Act, to other nuclear activity categories with an impact on the public and the environment.

Finally, ASN will continue to support CLI activities. With ANCCLI and in agreement with the licensees, it will establish rules of good practice to make it easier for the CLIs to perform their duties. It will reiterate its proposals to the Government with a view to ensuring that the CLIs are given the resources they need..


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