UK: Environment Agency starts consultation on UK HPR1000 design

WOBO members have been provided with the opportunity to participate in the consultation process.

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As regulators of the nuclear industry, the Environment Agency and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) are working together to make sure that any new nuclear power stations built in the UK meet high standards of safety, security, environmental protection and waste management. We are scrutinising new nuclear power station designs thoroughly, making sure people and the environment are properly protected.

Generic design assessment (GDA) is the first step in this process.

The Environment Agency is asking for your views on its preliminary conclusions following its detailed assessment of the environmental aspects of the UK HPR1000 new nuclear power station design.

The consultation does not relate to a specific site, even though the UK HPR1000 is proposed for a specific site in the UK. It is not about the need for nuclear power, the siting of nuclear power stations, or the safety and security of the design.

The Environment Agency has published eight assessment reports and an independent dose assessment, alongside the consultation document and summary document.

All comments and matters raised will be carefully considered and can help inform the Agency’s assessments. The Environment Agency aims to publish its final conclusions in a ‘decision document’ in early 2022.

The 12-week consultation begins on 11 January 2021 and will close on 4 April 2021.

You can find details of the consultation questions, detailed assessment topics and Assessment Findings, in the full consultation document and assessment reports on GOV.UK and the Environment Agency’s online consultation hub.

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