The Office for Nuclear Regulation ONR and Environment Agency have completed their initial assessment of the safety cases for the two proposed new nuclear reactor designs and have published all of the issues that still need resolving.
For both designs, the regulators are confident that industry can produce credible plans for resolving all of the issues, and, with the exception of those relating to the lessons learnt from Fukushima, they will be published on our website in the next few weeks. The plans relating to Fukushima should be available in the Autumn, after the Chief Inspector’s lessons learnt report is published.
This is a key milestone in the generic design assessment, but it is not the end of the process. Industry will need to resolve to the regulators’ satisfaction all of the outstanding issues before we will consider granting permission for any new reactor of that design to be built.