March 21st, 2011 – International Items of Interest – Fukushima

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Week of March 21, 2011

OIP Vision: To expand nuclear safety and security worldwide through lasting partnerships.

Our Mission: OIP enhances nuclear safety and security through global partnerships by exchanging information and by licensing the import and export of material and equipment according to US laws and policy.

1. Commission Activities

Nothing to report

2. Export/Import Activities

DOE/NNSA has requested NRC‘s views on a Part 810 request from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to provide entities in the People’s Republic of China (China) access to EPRI’s entire nuclear portfolio of technical reports and software relating to commercial nuclear plant safety, through membership in or funding of EPRI and by transferring EPRI nuclear technology and analyses related to material aging through Chinese membership in the Material Ageing Institute (MAI), where EPRI is a member. NRC staff is currently reviewing this Part 810 authorization request and expects to reply to DOE/NNSA in the near future.

The following export/import licenses were recently issued:

An export license (XCOM1213) was issued to ATI Wah Chang to export Zircaloy 4 Trex tubes to Argentina for use in fuel bundles in the Embaise and Atucha I & II nuclear power plants.

An export license amendment (XSOU8780/05) was issued to AREVA NP, Inc. changing the supplier’s name from ConverDyn Conversion Facility to Honeywell Conversion Facility.

3. Conventions, Treaties, Legal Obligations and Interagency Activities

Nothing to report

4. Bilateral Activities

On March 19 to April 1, 2011, Dr. Peter Kohut from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Skip Young of OIP will travel to Kiev, Ukraine and Yerevan, Armenia, to review the status of the current nuclear safety assistance projects between NRC and Ukrainian and Armenian regulators. Dr. Kohut and Mr. Young, accompanied by Dr. Pranab Samanta (BNL), will also travel to Khmelnitsky Nuclear Power Plant to participate in a risked informed inspection
workshop. The workshop will be conducted by BNL and State Science Engineering Centre (SSEC) who developed the initial inspection guide under contract with BNL for the State Nuclear Regulatory Committee of Ukraine (SNRCU). SSEC is the technical service organization for SNRCU

During the week of March 14, Chuck Casto, Deputy Regional Administrator of Construction, John Monninger, Deputy Chief of Staff, Kirk Foggie of OIP, Brooke Smith of OIP, Anthony Ulses of NRR, Tony Nakanishi of NRR, Tim Kolb of NRR, William Cook of Region I, James Trapp of Region I, Rich Devercelly of HR, and Jack Foster of FSME provided assistance to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan for activities related to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The NRC team is being led by Chuck Casto.

5. Multinational Activities

From March 19 to 26, Budhi Sagar, a NMSS contractor, will travel to Balaruc-les-Bains, France, to attend the 3rd Annual Workshop of the RECOSY Project hosted by Laboratoir SUBATECH.

This workshop is provided for discussion, documentation, dissemination, and future planning on all topics related to the FP7 Collaborative Project RECOSY.

From March 22 to 26, Stephen Dembek of OIP will travel to Paris, France, to attend the G-8 Nuclear Safety and Security Group meeting. Mr. Dembek will represent the NRC as part of the U.S. delegation.

From March 20 to 27, Laura Dudes, Deputy Director, Division of Engineering, and Eduardo Sastre-Fuente of NRO will travel to Paris, France, to attend the Nuclear Energy Agency/Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities Working Group Regulating New Reactors. Ms. Dudes will chair the meeting, while Mr. Sastre-Fuente will present during the meeting.

6. OIP Communications

1. Letter to Avril Haines, DOS, dated March 11, 2011, from Nader L. Mamish, Acting Deputy Director, re Arrangement between the NRC and Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization and between the NRC and The American Institute of Taiwan (ML110680023)

2. Letter to Sean Oehlbert, DOE, dated March 15, 2011, from Nader L. Mamish, Acting Deputy Director, re subsequent arrangement from Cameco (Canada) to URENCO of the United Kingdom (ML110740305)

3. Letter to Janet Schlueter, NEI, dated March 15, 2011, from Nader L. Mamish, Acting Deputy Director, re industry comments on the final rule, “Export and Import of Nuclear Equipment and Material; Updates and Clarifications” (ML1 10530204)

CONTACT: Janice Owens, 415-3684 regarding export/import, IAEA, and NEA activities
Charlotte Abrams, 415-2933 regarding international cooperation activities
Steve Dembek, 415-2342 regarding other activities

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