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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority boss quits

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) today announced its chairman Tony Fountain will be leaving the firm after just under two years in charge.

Fountain joined the NDA in October 2009 and helped oversee the transition of private sector site licence companies (SLC) running the NDA’s 19 sites across the country.

Fountain will leave the NDA to pursue his career back in the oil and gas sector — having formally had a 25-year career at energy giant BP. Earlier this year it was revealed that Fountain was the highest paid civil servant with a package of between £375,000 and £379,999. The NDA said it had begun its search for Fountain’s replacement.

Engineering union Prospect has “expressed shock and concern” for Fountain to “depart at such a critical time for the future of the nuclear industry.” Prospect is concerned at the timing of Fountain’s departure, particularly as the NDA is due to decide on whether to construct a mixed-oxide (mox) plant to help reduce the UK’s plutonium stockpile in October.

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