In order to improve the image of new nuclear, public confidence has to be improved, said the industry regulator Kevin Allars.
Speaking at a Nuclear Industry Association conference, Mr Allars, director of the HSE’s New Nuclear Build Generic Design Assessment, said: “We need clarity and transparency so we don’t alarm people. The right message is important and the public is very important. We need to improve accountability and become more outcome-focused.”
Mr Allars also stressed the need for “a meaningful Generic Design Assessment”.
The GDA process came as a response to the 2006 Government Energy Review and allows regulators to get involved with the design of nuclear reactors at a much earlier stage, and therefore allows them more influence.
Mr Allars added: “Our common aims of nuclear are energy security, safety and we want the environment to be protected. So my independence as a regulator is very important to everyone here.”