ASN Report 2017

250 ASN report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2017 Chapter 08  - Regional overview of nuclear safety and radiation protection Occitanie The Bordeaux and Marseille divisions jointly regulate nuclear safety, radiation protection and the transport of radioactive substances in the 13 départements of the Occitanie region. I n 2017, ASN carried out 116 inspections in the Occitanie region, of which 37 were in BNIs, 71 in small-scale nuclear activities and 8 in the transport of radioactive substances. ASN also carried out 8 days of labour inspection at the Golfech NPP. During 2017, one significant event rated level 1 on the INES scale was notified by nuclear installation licensees in Occitanie. In the small-scale nuclear activities, 1 significant event rated level 1 on the INES scale was notified to ASN. Three events involving radiotherapy patients were rated level 1 on the ASN-SFRO scale. The installations and activities to regulate comprise: ཛྷ ཛྷ BNIs: in Golfech (Tarn-et-Garonne département): -- the Golfech NPP comprising 2 pressurised water reactors of 1,300 MWe; In Marcoule (Gard département): -- the Mélox MOX nuclear fuel production facility; -- the CEA Marcoule research centre, which includes the civil BNIs Atalante and Phénix and the Diadem waste storage facility construction site; -- the Centraco facility for processing low-activity waste; -- the Gammatec industrial ioniser; in Narbonne (Aude département): -- facility for storing Écrin waste on the Malvési site; ཛྷ ཛྷ small-scale nuclear activities in the medical sector: -- 14 external-beam radiotherapy departments; -- 6 brachytherapy departments; -- 19 nuclear medicine departments; -- 96 centres performing fluoroscopy- guided interventional procedures; -- 111 computed tomography scanners; -- some 5,000 medical and dental radiology devices; ཛྷ ཛྷ small-scale nuclear activities in the veterinary, industrial and research sectors : -- about 400 industrial and research establishments, including 26 companies exercising an industrial radiography activity, 4 Cyclotron particle accelerators, 79 laboratories situated mainly in the universities of the region, and about 300 users of devices for detecting lead in paint; -- about 450 veterinary surgeries or clinics practising diagnostic radiology; ཛྷ ཛྷ ASN-approved laboratories and organisations, including: -- 3 head offices of laboratories approved for taking environmental radioactivity measurements; -- 6 head offices of organisations approved for radiation protection controls. 1. Assessment by domain 1.1 The nuclear installations Golfech nuclear power plant ASN considers that the performance of the Golfech NPP with regard to nuclear safety, environmental protection and radiation protection is in line with ASN’s general assessment of of EDF plant performance. The scheduled outages of reactors 1 and 2 went well on the whole as far as nuclear safety is concerned. Deficiencies in activity preparation were nevertheless discovered. ASN observes that the Golfech NPP licensee has improved its performance in the recording, analysis and handling of deviations affecting its facilities but considers that further progress is required. ASN takes positive note of the questioning attitude of the personnel responsible for checking the conformity of the anchoring of equipment contributing to the safety of the facilities. Lastly, on several occasions ASN noted a lack of rigour in the application of the baseline operating requirements by the operational management teams.