On 14th and 15th November 2023, WENRA held its regular biannual plenary meeting in Paris.

On the 5th and 6th of April 2023, WENRA held its regular biannual plenary meeting in Helsinki.

This meeting, hosted by the Finnish nuclear safety authority STUK, was an opportunity for the association to address a number of important topics.

On the 9th and 10th of November 2022, WENRA held its regular biannual plenary meeting in Liverpool. This meeting was hosted by ONR, the UK regulatory body.

WENRA members discussed several important topics.

In 2010, WENRA issued safety objectives for new nuclear power plants (NPPs). These objectives were developed on the basis of a systematic review of the Fundamental Safety Principles (SF1 document issued in 2006 by the IAEA) and formulated in a qualitative rather than quantitative manner.

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WENRA is today re-publishing revised versions of two of its reports covering its Safety Reference Levels (SRLs) for Waste Storage and for Decommissioning. These reports were last published in 2014 and 2015 respectively and the new versions provide updates on the benchmarking of the national regulatory frameworks of 18 WENRA members that has been carried out since the previous reports.

The WENRA Terms of Reference (ToR) were updated at the November 2023 plenary meeting held in Paris.

At its November 2023 plenary meeting held in Paris, WENRA approved its new strategy.

In 2014 WENRA published the revised Safety Reference Levels (SRLs) as the result of a review in light of the learning from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident. The first task for WENRA countries was to implement the new SRLs into their national regulations. Following this WENRA’s Reactor Harmonization Working Group (RHWG) started to discuss options for a benchmarking process on the implementation of SRLs at the Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). 

The discovery of some intergranular stress corrosion cracks (IGSCC) on some non-isolable pipes of the main primary system of French pressurized water reactors (PWR) in December 2021 led to a large scale inspection programme on all French PWRs, considering the potential impact of those cracks on safety of the reactors. 

On the 15th June 2023, WENRA issued a position on the safety situation of the Zaporizhzhya NPP with regards to the consequences of the Kakhovka dam rupture. This position is based on the work conducted by experts from WENRA, TSOs and the European Commission.