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New nuclear guidance published

New guidance on the assessment of nuclear power station designs was published by nuclear regulators today.
'The Generic Assessment of Candidate Nuclear Power Plant Design' is aimed at providing a single, integrated approach to assessing designs for new power reactors.The guidance has been published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS).Early scrutiny of designs will help ensure regulatory resources are applied at a stage when greater influence can be brought to bear, said EA head of radioactive substances regulation Joe McHugh.'Although, ultimately, the government will decide whether or not nuclear power stations are needed to meet the UK's energy demands, the Environment Agency insists all nuclear installations meet high standards of safety, security, environmental performance and waste management,' he added.The government stated that nuclear power should play a major role in meeting the UK's energy demands in its energy review, published last July.The Department for Trade & Industry has since carried out further consultation on the policy framework for new nuclear build, and will be publishing its findings in a White Paper later this year.

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