Chief Nuclear Inspector (CNI) Mark Foy has today published his view on the performance of Great Britain’s nuclear industry during 2018/19. The CNI reports he is satisfied that the nuclear industry has overall continued to meet the high standards of safety and security required to protect workers and the public. In areas where shortfalls have been identified, the Chief Inspector says ONR has focused its attention on securing commitments and plans from the industry to improve performance in a timely manner. In the first report of its kind, the review provides an independent, authoritative view of safety, security and safeguards performance across the nuclear industry over the last year. It details good progress in several areas including continued hazard and risk reduction at Sellafield; the transition of Bradwell power station into a period of Care and Maintenance – marking a UK first; the piloting of new site security plans in line with ONR’s Security Assessment Principles, launched in 2017; and the issue of consent for the first ‘nuclear concrete’ pour at Hinkley Point C. The report also recognises a number of challenges which require continued focus over the coming year. These include: Increased attention at defence weapons and propulsion sites, notably Devonport naval base and the Atomic Weapons Establishment, where programmes to upgrade ageing facilities have experienced delays; Continued scrutiny of Hunterston B power station which features the most advanced symptoms of graphite reactor core degradation in the Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor fleet; Enhanced regulatory oversight at Dungeness B where both reactors have been shut down during the last year due to a range of complex age-related issues which are being addressed by licensee EDF Energy; Ageing plutonium storage facilities at Sellafield which require sustained investment and focus by Sellafield Ltd, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and government.
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While the UK nuclear industry met the required safety and security standards last year, there remains room for improvement, the country’s Chief Nuclear Inspector Mark Foy said today in his first annual report on the sector’s performance. He said three key areas of focus are the management of ageing facilities, conventional health and safety, and delivering a holistic approach to nuclear security.
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