The Office of Nuclear Energy, in partnership with Czech Republic Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Agency for Nuclear Safety of the Czech Republic, and Argonne National Laboratory, is conducting a regional Nuclear Safety Workshop on Trends in Nuclear Power Plant Safety for Robust Civil Nuclear Programs on Oct. 10-13, 2011 in Prague.
U.S. Ambassador Norman Eisen and Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Dr. Pete Lyons will deliver speeches welcoming participants. Representatives from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States are attending.
The information exchange workshop will provide an opportunity for these countries to share technical information on trends and advances in nuclear safety management practices, safety assessment and verification methods, reactor and plant life extension research and development requirements and activities for enhancing the safe operation of the current fleet of nuclear power plants in the expected global expansion of nuclear power. The technical agenda will include discussions in assessment and verification of safety; safety issues in plant aging; accident management, emergency preparedness and public communication; and management of safety and safety culture.
The goal of the workshop is to give all parties an understanding of each other’s nuclear safety programs and activities. The presentations and discussions also aim to identify opportunities for future collaboration and workshops.