Nuclear security mission completed

A team of nuclear security experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has visited the UK to assess civil nuclear security arrangements. This follows a commitment made in advance of President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit in April 2010.

The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) Mission assessed the UK’s laws and regulations around nuclear material and nuclear facilities. The Mission Team also assessed compliance with the International Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and the IAEA’s guidelines on nuclear security.

The Mission Team visited the Sellafield civil nuclear site and Barrow port, which is used for the transport of civil nuclear material, to see first-hand how these measures are implemented in practice.

The IAEA concluded the state of civil nuclear security is sufficiently robust. This is both in the context of the legal and regulatory framework and how this is implemented at the Sellafield site and the Barrow port.

Lord Marland of Odstock, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, said:

“We are the first nuclear weapons state to open its doors to the international experts to assess our civil nuclear security regime.

“This shows the world our commitment to nuclear security and to learning from others. I encourage other countries to follow suit and invite the IAEA to carry out such a mission.

“I am grateful for the work of the IAEA and this report from the IPPAS Mission Team, who identified many examples of good practice within the civil nuclear security regime and a number of valuable recommendations and suggestions.

“We will work with the nuclear regulator, Sellafield Ltd and the NDA to use this report to ensure that we continue to develop and improve our security regime.”