The Environment Agency (EA) and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) have developed an assessment process - ‘Generic Design Assessment’ (GDA) - which enables them to scrutinise new nuclear power station designs before they are built. It means they can identify any potential design or technical issues early and ask the reactor designer to address them.
The Environment Agency’s findings of the initial assessment of Hitachi-GE’s UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor are published in reports here in English and Welsh. The Office for Nuclear Regulation’s reports are published on the joint website.
Horizon Nuclear Power is developing proposals to use the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) in new nuclear power stations at Wylfa, Anglesey and Oldbury, South Gloucestershire.
The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency, working with Natural Resources Wales (NRW), are ensuring that any new nuclear power stations built in the UK will meet high standards of safety, security, environmental protection and waste management.
Any nuclear power station design company going through GDA is required to set up a website, publish information about the design and invite comments and questions about it.
You can make a comment or ask a question and the design company will respond to you. The regulators will see the comments and questions submitted and the responses provided and can use these to help inform their work. The comments process stays open throughout GDA until about 4 months before they make their decisions about the reactor.
Comment on the UK ABWR on the Hitachi website.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For GDA in Wales, or to speak in Welsh, contact NRW on 01248 484013.