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UK nuclear power stations given all clear following stress tests

Safety reassessments at UK nuclear power stations following the Fukushima disaster in Japan have revealed no “fundamental weaknesses”, according to an official report out today.

The reassessment by regulator the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) focused on the potential threat from similar circumstances to those at Fukushima — extreme natural events challenging the plant safety functions, which caused a severe accident. The report confirms that UK sites have identified and made improvements to enhance safety by learning from events in Japan.

“To date, no fundamental weaknesses in design and resilience have been identified at UK nuclear power plants,” said ONR senior nuclear safety inspector John Donald.

The findings are contained in the European Council Stress Tests for UK nuclear power plants report submitted to the European Council, which can be viewed here.

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