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NIA reaction to publication of Nuclear Safeguards Bill

11 October 2017

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The government has published its Nuclear Safeguards Bill in Parliament which starts the legislative process to establish a domestic nuclear safeguards regime. Commenting on its publication, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The publication of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill is a necessary legislative step in giving responsibility for safeguards inspections to the UK regulator, the ONR. It is just one small part of the incredibly complex and time-consuming process to replicate existing regulation if we leave Euratom at the same time as the European Union.

“The UK industry’s primary concern remains the risk of significant disruption if we cease to be members of Euratom without new arrangements being in place.

“This Bill does not provide reassurance on that, and is why the government’s priority should be seeking agreement with the European Commission to ensure there are transitional agreements in place, including continuing association to Euratom programmes.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

  1. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 250 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. Find out more at www.niauk.org.uk or @niauk.
  2. The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 64,000 professionals and has the support of 74% of the public. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 27 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking around a third of Britain’s cars off the roads. Take a look at the Jobs Map.
  3. View the Nuclear Safeguards Bill at https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/nuclearsafeguards.html

 Media Contact:

Sara Crane: 020 7766 6646 / 07803 696786 sara.crane@niauk.org