The UK is to create a new nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), which will replace the Health and Safety Executive’s Nuclear Directorate from 1 April.


In a statement, the UK government said the ONR would be a new independent regulator, formally responsible in law for delivering its regulatory functions. The creation of the ONR would consolidate civil nuclear and radioactive transport safety and security regulation in one place.


The ONR will take on the relevant functions currently carried out by the Health and Safety Executive and the Department for Transport, it said.


Chris Grayling, minister for employment, said: “The proposal will not affect the current regulatory requirements or standards with which industry must comply, and the vast majority of the costs of the regulator would continue to be recovered in charges from operators in the nuclear industry rather than funded by the public purse. Additional organizational costs will be entirely met by the nuclear industry.”


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