Nuclear safety report will keep UK regulations "robust"

he final safety report on the lessons to be learnt from Fukushima in the UK will keep the country’s regulations “robust”. This is the view of Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, […]

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By Vicky Ellis

he final safety report on the lessons to be learnt from Fukushima in the UK will keep the country’s regulations “robust”. This is the view of Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, who welcomed the Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations’ findings.

Praising the hard work of Dr. Weightman and his team in a written ministerial statement today, Mr Huhne said: “This is a thorough and comprehensive report on the lessons that can be learned for the UK’s nuclear industry. It will help ensure that our regulatory regime remains robust, and that the nuclear industry remains committed to continuous improvement for all existing and future facilities.”

He added that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority “is making tangible, demonstrable progress in addressing these national priorities” such as continuing the Sellafield legacy pond and silo cleanup, as recommended by the final report.

Mr Huhne also clearly emphasised that Dr Weightman sees “no reason to revise the strategic advice on which the Nuclear National Policy Statement was based, or any need to change present siting strategies for new nuclear power stations in the UK.”