New safety recommendations for small modular reactors (SMRs) are now available, following a meeting in Vienna on 25-28 March of the SMR Regulators’ Forum, a group of experts working on the development of national standards specific to SMRs. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which hosts the forum, says it does not currently have plans to develop safety standards specific to SMRs. Founded in March 2015, the SMR Regulators’ Forum gathers nine countries and other stakeholders sharing SMR regulatory knowledge and experience. Together, they identify and propose solutions to common safety issues that may challenge regulatory reviews associated with SMRs. Although the IAEA safety standards – which serve as a global reference for protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionising radiation – can generally be applied to SMRs, experts from the SMR Regulators’ Forum are working on a tailor-made solution to help national authorities regulate this new class of nuclear power reactors.
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The consortium of companies developing a compact nuclear power station has appointed Tom Samson as its interim chief executive. The move comes as current programme director, David Orr, retires at the end of April. Tom Samson, the former CEO of NuGeneration Ltd and most recently the founder and CEO of Guardian Power, has joined the team immediately. Paul Stein, Chief Technology Officer for Rolls-Royce, which leads the consortium, said: “Tom has an excellent pedigree in major project delivery and we’re delighted we’ve been able to bring his skills and experience to this game-changing low carbon power programme.”
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