The non-radiological risks involving dangerous chemicals in nuclear fuel cycle facilities,French framework regulation -
Accidents involving hazardous chemicals pose a significant threat to the population and the environment. Among nuclear facilities, this threat applies in particular to the fuel cycle facilities. As a consequence, the activities related to hazardous chemicals are covered by a legal framework that, depending on the nature of the activity and the associated risks, aims to guarantee that, they will not be likely to be detrimental to safety, public health and environment .
The aim of this article is to present a summary of the main regulations involving dangerous chemicals in nuclear fuel cycle facilities that have to be taken into account in the safety demonstration. The latter must prove that the risks of an accident - radiological or not - and the scale of its consequences, given the current state of knowledge, practices and the vulnerability of the installation environment, are as low as possible under acceptable economic conditions.