"There are still too many people who need to know about WANO but who do not know enough to benefit or to contribute effectively. That is why the WANO Governing Board decided to launch this new WANO-wide newsletter. Inside WANO aims to strengthen communication amongst power plant operators by informing them about current WANO activities and their results… I hope that utilities will circulate copies of Inside WANO to all staff having responsibility for operational safety and reliability."
– Remy Carle, WANO Chairman 1993-1997
The above quote is taken from the very first issue of Inside WANO, published in November 1993, written in the introduction from Remy Carle who was the WANO Chairman at that time.
Inside WANO has been a powerful tool over the last two decades, bringing relevant and interesting information from within the industry, sharing best and next practice and news from WANO itself, and keeping nuclear safety at the forefront of the minds of our readers.
Moving Inside WANO online in 2014, with a brand new website and e-newsletter, is a significant milestone in WANO's history. Our goal is to reach people at all levels, in every corner of every nuclear organisation and utility; and in a world where technology is prominent, this is an exciting and positive step towards reaching our goal.
Here, we look back at the history of Inside WANO and some of the prominent stories that have been reported in this publication over the last two decades:
Volume 22, Number 1, 2014
This was the first issue of Inside WANO sent as an e-newsletter.
Volume 21, Number 3, 2013
This was the last printed version of Inside WANO. This issue announced the move to an electronic format as of March 2014.
Volume 21, Number 2, 2013
As well as covering the 2013 BGM and Nuclear Excellence Awards, this issue of Inside WANO introduced WANO’s newly appointed Chairman, Jacques Regaldo; Managing Director, Ken Ellis; and President, Duncan Hawthorne.
Volume 21, Number 1, 2013
A decision was made at the Shenzhen BGM in October 2011, as part of the Post-Fukushima Commission, to carry out assessments on all WANO regional centres and the London office. In this issue, George Felgate, Managing Director of WANO, described the outcomes of the assessments carried out in 2012.
Volume 19, Number 3, 2011
A Special BGM Edition of Inside WANO covered the 2011 BGM. Articles included WANO after Fukushima: Strengthening Global Nuclear Safety and World Impact of Fukushima.
Volume 19, Number 2, 2011
WANO Chairman, Laurent Stricker, gave his views on the changing landscape post-Fukushima and WANO’s ongoing commitment to safety in First Lessons from Fukushima.
Volume 14, Number 2, 2006
Inside WANO announced WANO’s first Plant Managers’ Conference:
“Continuous improvement in nuclear safety is not something that is achieved by isolation. It is a goal that comes about by continuously working together as an industry. In recognition of this fact, the plant managers’ conference (PMC) was born.”
Volume 12, Number 3, 2004
Inside WANO reported on pre-startup WANO peer reviews:
“Energoatom is the first utility to implement WANO’s new initiative of pre start-up peer reviews, which aim to assist nuclear power plants in the stage prior to commercial operation.”
Volume 12, Number 1, 2004
Sigval M Berg wrote the very first WANO Managing Director editorial for Inside WANO.
Volume 11, Number 3, 2003
Inside WANO announced 200th Peer Review: Milestone at South Ukraine NPP:
“Following its first WANO peer review in 1995, South Ukraine NPP made considerable improvements to industrial safety, maintenance work practice, plant material conditions and documentation before hosting the 200th WANO peer review in June-July 2003.”
Volume 11, Number 1, 2003
Inside WANO announced the launch of the WANO Nuclear Excellence Award:
“The WANO Governing Board has established a new award in honour of Dr Zack T Pate and in recognition of his leadership in promoting excellence in the nuclear industry worldwide.”
Volume 9, Number 4, 2001
Inside WANO’s ‘Web-watch’ section reported on the launch of WANO’s public website:
“WANO has launched a public Web site to provide interested parties within the nuclear industry and the general public with information about our work.”
Inside WANO reported the establishment of the WANO operating experience central team in Paris:
“The team’s mission is to pull together operating experience from around the world and make it more useful to WANO members… The OE central team is made up of one seconded employee from each WANO region.”
Inside WANO reported on the second revision of the WANO Performance Objectives & Criteria – New PO&Cs Show Way to Excellence – which were published in January 1999.
Inside WANO is published with a new look as a full-colour publication.
It will now be published three times per-year as opposed to quarterly but is a longer publication at 16 pages.
Inside WANO reported:
“In response to preliminary feedback from WANO members as part of the WANO Internal Review, the pilot technical services programme visits have been renamed “technical support missions” to more accurately reflect their intended purpose. Technical support missions take place in response to a call for assistance from members… During the pilot phase in 1997, nearly 20 such missions were conducted at members’ nuclear power plants.”
Inside WANO reported on the launch of the new WANO member website, New WANO Web Site on the Internet:
“The new WANO Web Site on the Internet is one of the biggest changes that WANO has seen since its formation. Now, for the first time, information about WANO programmes, documents, regional centres and members is available on-line to any member with Internet access, right to your own desktop PC.”
Volume 1, Number 1, Nov 1993
Inside WANO’s first ever issue was launched with a welcome message from the WANO Chairman, Remy Carle:
“There are still too many people who need to know about WANO but who do not know enough to benefit or to contribute effectively. That is why the WANO Governing Board decided to launch this new WANO-wide newsletter. Inside WANO aims to strengthen communication amongst power plant operators by informing them about current WANO activities and their results. It will publish articles of interest to WANO members, comments from people who have participated in WANO activities and letters of general interest to readers. I hope that utilities will circulate copies of Inside WANO to all staff having responsibility for operational safety and reliability.”
This issue also reported on WANO peer reviews, announcing that following a successful peer review pilot programme, “… delegates at the 1993 Biennial general Meeting established peer reviews as a formal WANO programme."