Richard Harrington, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), has given notice of the department’s intention to seek an advance from the Contingencies Fund to provide financial cover to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). BEIS published draft nuclear safeguards regulations on 19 January, setting out the nuclear safeguards regime for the UK and the powers of the BEIS secretary of state to make regulations under the Nuclear Safeguards Bill. Nuclear safeguards are distinct from nuclear safety (the prevention of nuclear accidents) and nuclear security (physical protection measures), which are the subject of their own regulatory regimes. The regulations provide for the role of the ONR in nuclear safeguards. In general, their activities are governed by the Energy Act 2013, but the regulations set out some additional provisions including inspections, publication of information, provision of information to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), communication with the IAEA on the issue of derogations, and the characterisation of material, for example, as waste.
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