The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has clarified two points in the impact assessment of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill published last month by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The clarifications are “part of our ongoing constructive engagement” with BEIS to develop a domestic safeguards regime as part of the UK’s exit from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), the ONR said. The first clarification is that ONR regulates the nuclear industry; it does not provide services to it. Secondly, the government’s policy has developed since the assessment was undertaken and the intention is to put in place a regulatory framework which is robust and as comprehensive as Euratom, the ONR said. This means that it is not in a position to identify potential efficiencies in its regulatory approach at this stage, it added. “As we support BEIS in its development of secondary legislation, we will provide advice to the government to inform the anticipated impact assessment for nuclear safeguards regulation,” it said.
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