Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Nuclear inspector gives green light to atomic energy

UK nuclear plants are safe and government strategy for new plants is adequate, the Chief Nuclear Inspector said on Tuesday, just two weeks after one developer pulled the plug on its nuclear new build plans.

"I remain confident that our UK nuclear facilities have no fundamental safety weaknesses (but) no matter how high our standards, the quest for improvement must never stop," said Mike Weightman, the head of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), who also led a U.N. team of nuclear experts on a fact-finding mission to Japan's Fukushima in May.

The report also said there was no need to change the government's strategy for choosing new sites for nuclear power plants.

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