House of Lords Committee pens letter over Brexit nuclear concerns

The group has called for urgent clarification on what actions the government is taking to mitigate any risks

Sellafield faces prosecution after worker contamination at radioactive nuclear site

The charges relate to an incident on 5th February 2017 at a facility that handles special nuclear materials

Britain’s Hunterston B nuclear reactor to remain offline after cracks found

Last year, it produced enough electricity for 1.8 million homes and avoided 2.5 million tonnes of emissions

UK regulators approve new nuclear reactor design

A new design for a nuclear reactor has been approved by regulators in the UK. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and Natural Resource Wales, confirmed the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) designed by Hitachi-GE is suitable for construction. They are satisfied the reactor meets regulatory expectations on safety, security […]

UK’s nuclear safeguards bill published in Parliament

A bill which will establish a domestic nuclear safeguards regime has been introduced to Parliament today. The Nuclear Safeguards Bill aims to bolster the roles and responsibilities of the UK’s existing nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), once the UK leaves the EU and Euratom. Last month Energy Secretary Greg Clark committed to […]

UK regulators approve Westinghouse nuclear reactor

A reactor designed by Toshiba’s nuclear unit has been approved by UK regulators. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said they are satisfied the reactor meets expectations on safety, security and environmental protection. The approval is needed before Westinghouse can use the reactor at NuGeneration’s (NuGen) […]

EDF granted consent to start building Hinkley C nuclear plant

The UK’s nuclear regulator has granted its first consent for construction to start at EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. The French utility’s £18 billion project will be the first nuclear plant to be built in Britain in a generation. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) said the consent covers the placement of the […]

Nuke grads give school kids a blast

Nuclear science graduates have been out inspiring the next generation of would-be boffins. Graduates based at the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) in Bootle, Merseyside have been busy acting as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ambassadors, visiting local schools. One of which was Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull, where the grads talked about […]

EDF given notice over CO2 release in nuclear plant

EDF Energy has been issued with an ‘Improvement Notice’ following an incident at one of its nuclear power stations. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) said a failed pipe at the Heysham 1 nuclear power plant led to the release of around 30 tonnes of clean CO2 last month. There was however no release of […]

Wylfa nuclear plant to stay open longer

The last working Magnox nuclear reactor in the world will continue running until December 2015. Yesterday regulators gave Magnox thumbs up to prolong the Wylfa power plant’s life. It was originally scheduled to stop generating power in 2010. To keep Wylfa running, partially used fuel must be transferred from Reactor 2 to Reactor 1. Stuart […]