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  1. Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy 03 November 2004 Committee Room V475, Cape Town REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE REGULATOR FOR 2003/4 Adv L.B Zondo Nuclear Regulatory Authority Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  2. Summary of Presentation • Highlights from the annual report (2003/4) • Financial Performance in Fin Year 2003/4 • Key strategic objectives for the future Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  3. REGULATORY CONTROL OVER POWER REACTOR FACILITIES KOEBERG POWER STATION(KNPS) & PEBBLE BED MODULAR REACTOR (PBMR). Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  4. Licensing activities related to the Koeberg Nuclear Station- KNPS Regulatory oversight of the KNPS • The current KNPS authorisation Nuclear Installation Licence NL-1 Variation 14, issued to Eskom in terms of section 23 of the NNR Act, is subject to 16 conditions, including specific licensing requirements , which form the basis for the NNR regulatory oversight of Koeberg in protecting the public, property and the environment. Safety Assurance activities: • Safety assessments: • As in previous years a major part of the NNR’ work related to in depth safety assessments related to for example plant modifications, nuclear fuel, spent fuel storage, plant condition management and probabilistic risk assessment. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  5. Safety Assurance activities (cont.): • Worker Exposure to radiation - Radiation exposure to personnel working at Koeberg are subject to control by the operation radiation protection programme which ensures that control within the annual individual dose limit, set by the NNR, is achieved. - There were no concerns regarding the safety of workers at Koeberg during the reporting period. • Public Exposure to radiation - Public exposure to radiation is controlled within strictly defined limits, set by the NNR, through the implementation of radiological emission and effluent management programme, which ensures that the discharges of radioactivity from Koeberg result in no significant risk to the public - There were no concerns regarding the safety of the public leaving around KNPS during the reporting period. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  6. Safety Assurance activities (cont.): • Emergency Planning and Preparedness: • The NNR conducted a full scale nuclear emergency exercise at the KNPS on 18 February 2004. Although the NNR umpires identified problems and potential areas for improvement of the Koeberg Emergency Plan, the NNR concluded that overall the exercise was a success. • An action plan for implementing the necessary corrective actions was formulated and monitored for progress. • In terms of section 38(4) of the NNR Act the Minister made regulations on development surrounding nuclear installations to ensure the effective implementation of any nuclear emergency plan • Inspections and audits • Approximately 400 inspections and two audits were carried out during the reporting period. • Although , during the inspections and audits ,the NNR identified problems and potential areas for improvement the NNR was satisfied with the overall compliance of KNPS. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  7. Safety Assurance activities (cont.): • Incidents and occurrences • Although a total of 283 occurrences were reported at KNPS none of these were in the category of incidents and accidents as defined in the NNR Act. Other Licensing Activities (cont.): • Licensing of Koeberg Reactor Operators: • During the reporting period the NNR renewed the licences of 18 Senior Reactor Operators and 37 Reactor operators. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  8. Prospective Licensing and Other Projects Proposed Pebble Bed Modular Reactor-PBMR • During the reporting period the NNR continued to review the nuclear installation licence application submitted by Eskom. • Main activities linked to the resolution of Key Licensing Issues (KLIs) and safety issues identified by the NNR during the NNR review of the PBMR safety case. • The NNR also carried out a safety culture audit on the PBMR Company. • A general observation of the audit was that the safety culture within PBMR has improved over the last 18 months) but some more improvement is still required . Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  9. REGULATORY CONTROL OVER MINING AND MINERAL PROCESSING FACILITIES. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  10. SAFETY ASSURANCE • Worker Exposure to Radiation - The Regulation of Natural Sources Programme focused much of its regulatory efforts during the reporting period on those mines where potential exists that workers may be exposed to radiation levels in excess of the dose limit. Comparison of radiation exposure for 2001, 2002 and 2003. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  11. Safety Assurance activities (cont.): • Public Exposure to radiation • A working group including representatives of holders has been established to develop a status report on radiation hazards to members of the public arising from mining and mineral processing facilities. • Activities of the working group are ongoing. The results show that there is no safety concern. • Transport Safety • - Routine shipments of low specific activity (LSA-1) material are made easily between authorized mines, scrap dealers and smelters, at least 12 000 shipments took place during the reporting period. No incidences of any significance were reported from any of these shipments. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  12. Safety Assurance activities (cont.): • Inspection and Audits • - A total of 110 inspections were conducted to verify the degree of compliance with the various programmes and procedures implemented by the holders. • - Holders were required to investigate the reasons for and implement corrective actions related to all the non-compliances identified. • - These inspections were focused on those mines where worker doses could potentially be exceeded and also on those mines where uranium and acid plants were under demolition. • Incidents/Occurrences • - Atotal of 28 occurrences were reported by holders. Eleven were regarded as Category 1 and related to those mines where workers were exposed to radiation levels that exceeded the annual dose limit of 50mSv during the 2003 calendar year. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  13. REGULATORY CONTROL OVER NECSA & VAALPUTS Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  14. Licensing Activities related to Necsa Pelindaba and Vaalputs sites • Necsa operations at the Pelindaba are regulated in terms of Nuclear Installation Licence, NL-27 • Safety Assessment The NNR approved 93 licence change requests by Necsa during the reporting period. These included safety assessments, facility operational technical specifications, inservice inspection manuals, radiation protection standards, security manuals and quality management manuals. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  15. NECSA (PELINDABA) • Worker Exposure to radiation The controls over occupational exposure were comparable to the best practice internationally. The average effective radiation dose per occupationally exposed worker for 2003 was 0,66 mSv, which is 13.2% of the ALARA objective of 5 mSv.a-1. There were no safety concerns as the ALARA objective for maximum individual dose was not exceeded for the calendar year 2003. • Public Exposure to radiation The public exposure arising from liquid and gaseous effluent discharges was 0.021 mSv, which is well within the dose limit of 0.25 mSv.a-1. Liquid effluent discharges accounted for 0.012 mSv and gaseous discharges accounted for 0.009 mSv for the 2003 calendar year. There were no safety concerns regarding public exposure to the community living around Necsa. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  16. Emergency Preparedness In compliance with section 38 of the NNR Act, Necsa has in place a comprehensive emergency plan. Over the reporting period various aspects of the Necsa site emergency plan were tested, including possible radiological and chemical emergencies. The NNR concluded that NECSA has the ability to evaluate and manage an emergency on site, however some work required to be streamlined • Physical Security Following the events of 11 September 2001 directives were issued by the NNR to Necsa as a holder of a nuclear licence to re-access their physical security measures in line with international developments. As a result of these directives improvements were made to the physical security measures on the Necsa site Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  17. Inspections and Audits During the reporting period NNR inspectors performed a total of 153 compliance inspections on the Necsa site. These inspections covered all aspects of the licensing conditions. During these inspections the percentage compliance was determined to be 96 percent. Therefore compliance was acceptable in general. Incidents/Occurrences Although a total of 114 occurrences were reported at Necsa none of these were in the category of incidents or accidents as defined in the NNR Act. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  18. VAALPUTS • Worker Exposure to radiation The controls over occupational exposure were comparable to the best practice internationally. The average effective radiation dose per occupationally exposed worker for 2003 was 0,3 mSv. • Public Exposure to radiation Based on environmental surveillance programme it can be concluded that there was no measurable radiological impact on the public living around Vaalputs. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  19. OTHER ORGANISATIONAL ACTIVITIES Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  20. SAFETYSTANDARDS NNR work closely with the Department of Minerals and Energy with regard to the drafting and finalization of the document on safety standards and regulatory practice. In terms of section 36 of the NNR Act the safety standards were published in the Government Gazette for public comment. Draft standards are currently with the Department of Minerals and Energy considering public comments Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  21. INTERNATIONALACTIVITIES The NNR continued to participate in IAEA Safety Standard Committees • NNR participated in the following committees - The Waste Safety Standards Committee (WASSC) - Transport Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC - Nuclear Safety Standards Committee (NUSSC) While the Department of Health participated in the Radiation Safety Standard Committee (RASSC) Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  22. HUMAN RESOURCES Over the past year, the NNR has focused on making changes to improve every aspect of the organisation’s business. The focus has been on making changes within the framework of current legislation. EQUITY Total NNR composition White males 26 (35.10%) Black males 24 (32.40%) White females 12 (16.20%) Black females 12 (16.20%) Included are 2 disabled permanent employees Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  23. HUMAN RESOURCES CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT • University involvement • Post Graduate Nuclear Safety at Wits University • Radiation Science at North West University Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  24. FINANCE DEPARTMENT Financial Overview i.Revenue (‘operating income’) increased by R4.2 million to R48.7 million, representing a growth rate of 9%. Operating expenses for the year of R46.1 million have been contained well within the inflation rate, the overall increase year on year being 4%. ii. The authorisation fees have increased steadily year on year at 11.6% whereas the state subsidy increased by 4.5%. This indicating the increasing dependence upon the authorisation fees for funding purposes. iii. Staff costs, excluding the defined benefit plan component, increased by a reasonable 6.1%. The define benefit component increased by 38.6% which is beyond management’s control as the obligation is to a large extent influenced by subjective assumptions used in the actuarial valuation. In total, staff costs have increased by 12.4%. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  25. FINANCE DEPARTMENT Financial Overview iv. The non-current liability (provision) for retirement medical benefits has increased by R1.8 million to R22.8 million. v. Overall, the NNR has endeavoured to operate as best as the business constraints permit and the financial performance for the 2004 financial year bear testimony to this. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  26. KEY STRATEGIC GOALS FOR THE FUTURE Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage

  27. Strategic Goals Within its four strategic focus areas the key goals for 2004/5 will be: • Core business (protection of persons, property & environment) - Perform safety assessment to enable decision to grant or refuse nuclear authorisation, perform inspections & audits as per schudules • Stakeholder satisfaction - Implement a communication strategy to ensure that the organisation continues to perform its mandate to the satisfaction of its stakeholders • Internal Business processes - Improve business management systems and processes to deliver its mandate effectively and efficiently • Human Resources - Special focus to capacity development and innovative mechanisms to rectruit people to the employ of the NNR. Providing for the protection of persons, property & the Environment against nuclear damage