Nuclear chief: Public must know who to trust on nuclear

The chief of the UK’s nuclear trade body is backing calls for the nuclear watchdog to take on a bigger role in the public eye. MPs on the Science and […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The chief of the UK’s nuclear trade body is backing calls for the nuclear watchdog to take on a bigger role in the public eye.

MPs on the Science and Technology Committee yesterday suggested the public body could be a more trustworthy voice of authority on the risks of nuclear power than the Government.

Keith Parker, head of the Nuclear Industry Association agreed the Office of Nuclear Regulation is of “paramount importance”.

He said: “The role of independent regulators is of paramount importance in communicating risk and acting as a trusted source of information to the general public – as Chief Nuclear Inspector Dr Mike Weightman has demonstrated so successfully in his report last year on Fukushima.”

He added: “It is essential that the wider public knows who to look to as a trusted source of reliable, up to date information.”