Britain’s nuclear inspector Mike Weightman today published his report on the country’s existing and planned installations. He concluded: “There is no reason to curtail the operation of UK operating sites. There are no fundamental weaknesses in the UK nuclear licensing regime or the safety assessment principles that underpin it.”
Energy secretary Chris Huhne said Weightman’s report “makes clear that the UK has one of the best nuclear safety regimes in the world”.
He added: “We must, however, continue to improve where we can, not just with operating power stations and new sites but by dealing with our nuclear legacy in a robust and effective manner too.”
Last week UK energy minister Charles Hendry said that Fukishima had given the government “pause”, but there was little doubt that the coalition’s nuclear plans, launched under the previous Labour administration, would be found wanting by Weightman.
The government has identified eight sites it has deemed fit for new nuclear power stations, with France’s EDF leading the interest in running them, along with Germany’s EON and RWE.