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Two UK nuclear reactor plans receive interim acceptance

Generic designs for two nuclear reactors proposed for construction in the UK have been granted interim acceptance by the independent nuclear safety, security and environment regulators.

In a statement, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency confirmed they are satisfied with how the designers of EDF and Areva’s UK EPR and Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactors plan to resolve a number of remaining generic design assessment (GDA) issues.

Joe McHugh, the Environment Agency head of nuclear regulation, added: ‘The assessment has been a challenging process involving more than 60 expert engineers, scientists and regulators but one that has enabled us to identify issues early on.

‘It means we are far better placed to ensure that any new reactors that are built in the UK meet high standards of safety, security and environmental protection.’

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