"Safety Guide on Seismic Hazards"
(No. SSG-9 )


The Specific Safety Guide  NO. SSG-9 “Seismic Hazards in Site Evaluation for Nuclear Installations” has been published by IAEA in October 2010. It provides recommendations and guidance on evaluating seismic hazards at a nuclear installation site and, in particular, on how to determine:

(a) the vibratory ground motion hazards, in order to establish the design basis ground motions and other relevant parameters for both new and existing nuclear installations;

(b) the potential for fault displacement and the rate of fault displacement that could affect the feasibility of the site or the safe operation of the installation at that site.

ITER-Consul has contributed to the preparation of the guide.



Safety Infrastructure
"Draft Safety Guide DS 424 "
The objective of this Safety  Infrastructure Guide (Draft DS424) is  to provide guidance on the establishment of a nuclear  safety infrastructure, when embarking on a nuclear program,  in accordance with the IAEA safety standards. 

It proposes a road-map of 200 safety-related actions to be taken from the beginning of development of the infrastructure up to commissioning of the NPP

The Safety Guide is structured in accordance with the IAEA safety standards and comprises 20 chapters, each of which being linked to IAEA safety requirements with identification of the phase in which the requirement should be implemented and corresponding IAEA Safety Standard.


International Technical Meeting
"Seismic Safety of Nuclear Power Plants "
An International Technical Meeting with focus on ‘’Seismic Safety of Nuclear Power Plants’’ has been held in Tivoli (Italy) on March 25-26, 2010 with the objective to exchange views and discuss the topic of seismic safety of NPPs based on international in-progress studies, research activity, lessons learned from experience, current design  and regulatory practices.
It was organized by ITER-Consult, CIRTEN, ENEA, ‘’La Sapienza’’ and AIN with the support of IAEA and under the auspices of the Ministry of Economical Development of Italy. The participating organization included IAEA, ISPRA, ITER, ENEA, Ansaldo,  Areva, JNES, IRSN, CIRTEN, ‘’La Sapienza’’.
 The presentations and the discussion covered the following topics: seismic hazard  and site specificity, seismic design approach and methodology, design margins, seismic safety requirements and regulatory guidance, lessons learned from the experience.
It was recognized that significant steps forward have been made in the last years on each of the topics in terms of advanced technical and scientific knowledge, new achievements and new approaches. The discussion gave the opportunity to consolidate some relevant outcomes.

"National Nuclear Infrastructure and Institutional Capacity"

The book is referred to the course carried out in the frame of the initiative taken by the Italian presidency of the G8 Nuclear Safety and Security Group (NSSG) to promote an effective cooperation among institutions, academic communities and organizations in order to strengthen the Education & Training and the sharing of best practices for a safe and secure development of a nuclear programme.Undertaking a nuclear power programme is a major commitment requiring, among others, to fully and adequately address the issue of ensuring nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards (3Ss) which are prerequisite for a high level of nuclear safety. The focus of the course is the development of institutional infrastructure: the legal and regulatory framework, the definition of roles and the establishment of appropriate regulatory role, functions and responsibilities. The course is organized under the auspices of: the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Presidency of G8, the EU, the IAEA and the University of Palermo. After an introductory basis, the requirements associated to the process of developing nuclear infrastructure, including lessons learned from experience, are presented and discussed. The aim is to provide the attendees with a comprehensive view of the key aspects of the process to develop national nuclear infrastructure, to familiarize with requirements for establishing the legal and regulatory framework in compliance with international legal instruments and get an insight into the regulatory role, function and capability.




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