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Chief nuclear inspector calls for greater transparency across the industry

Chief nuclear inspector Mike Weightman is calling for more “openness and transparency” within the nuclear industry one year on from the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Speaking at the Royal Society’s event Nuclear energy in the 21st Century today Weightman reiterated the need for the nuclear industry to be more open with the public to restore trust in the technology following last March’s meltdown at Fukushima plant.

“We need to earn the trust of the public,” said Weightman reflecting on nuclear regulation in the 21st century. “Previously the nuclear industry did not need to be so open but now that cannot be the case now.”

Weightman said the move toward more openness is occurring within the government as exemplified by the creation of the Office of Nuclear Regulation. But he called on industry to do the same. “There’s a big onus on industry to explain decisions with the nuclear industry,” he said.

The nuclear industry is due to produce its response to Weightman’s report into the Fukushima disaster in the autumn.

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