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HCTISN report on the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor vessel anomalies and the High Committe

8th december 2017 : HCTISN report on the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor vessel anomalies

Who are we?

The creation of the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety was made official by Act 2006-686 of 13 June 2006 on transparency and security in the nuclear field (known as the TSN Act) and more specifically its articles 23 to 27, today codified in articles L. 125-34 to L. 125-40 of the Environment Code
Composition of the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety
It comprises members appointed by decree for a period of six years, consisting of four Members of Parliament and six from each of the other categories, broken down as follows :

  • Two members of Parliament designated by the National Assembly and two senators designated by the Senate ;
  • Representatives of the local information committees ;
  • Representatives of environmental protection associations and of associations mentioned in article L.1114-1 of the Public Health Code ;
  • Representatives of parties responsible for nuclear activities ;
  • Representatives of trades union organisations ;
  • Personalities chosen for their scientific, technical, economic or social, or information and communication expertise, three of whom are designated by the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices, one by the Academy of Science and one by the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences ;
  • Representatives of the French nuclear safety regulator (ASN), the State departments concerned and the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety.
    The President of the High Committee is appointed by decree from among the members of Parliament, the representatives of the local information committees and the personalities chosen for their expertise and who are members.
    Consult the list of HCTISN members

Organisation of the High Committee

Environment Code - Articles L125-35, L125-36, L125-38 and L125-39
The High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety can request performance of the assessments necessary for it to carry out its duties and organise debates.
It periodically holds consultations and debates concerning the sustainable management of radioactive nuclear materials and wastes.
The parties responsible for nuclear activities, ASN and the other State departments concerned, send it all the documents and all the information it needs for the performance of its duties.
The High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety publishes its opinions. It issues an annual activity report, which is also made public.
On taking up their post, the members of the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety, with the exception of the representatives of parties responsible for nuclear activities, make a public declaration of their direct or indirect links with the companies or organisations whose activities fall within the scope of the High Committee’s areas of responsibility.
The credits necessary for performance of the duties of the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety are contained in the State’s budget.

Roles of the High Committee

Environment Code - Article L125-34
The High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety is an information, consultation and debating body concerning the risks linked to nuclear activities and the impact of these activities on the health of individuals, on the environment and on nuclear safety.
In this respect, the High Committee may issue an opinion on any question in these fields, as well as on the corresponding inspections and information.
It may also be approached regarding any question on access to nuclear safety information and may propose all measures such as to guarantee or improve transparency as defined in article L. 125-12. Finally, it may be contacted by :

  • the Minister responsible for nuclear safety,
  • the Presidents of the relevant commissions of the National Assembly and the Senate,
  • the President of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices,
  • the Presidents of the local information committees,
  • the licensees of basic nuclear installations for all questions on information about nuclear safety and its oversight.