Chief Nuclear Inspector outlines Fukushima report

The UK’s Chief Nuclear Inspector has outlined the key areas he will investigate for his report on what the Government can learn from the recent Japanese nuclear crisis. Dr Mike […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The UK’s Chief Nuclear Inspector has outlined the key areas he will investigate for his report on what the Government can learn from the recent Japanese nuclear crisis.

Dr Mike Weightman has been asked by Secretary of State Chris Huhne to report on the implications for the UK nuclear industry of the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station.

The “comprehensive” and “transparent” report will cover general background on nuclear power and safety, as well as a detailed analysis of the Fukushima power station including a timeline of events at the site.

The report will look at on-site factors including operator actions that contributed to the events, and off-site factors like the provision for emergency response.

Any lessons to be learned by the UK from events at Fukushima will also be suggested.

The report will not address nuclear or energy policy issues, because these are seen as outside the role and responsibilities of the nuclear regulator.

Dr Weightman is setting up an independent expert technical advisory panel to assist him. He will give the Energy Secretary his interim findings in mid-May, with a final report in September 2011.