The Environment Agency 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 General Nuclear System’s UK HPR1000 reactor design are published in reports here. ONR’s reports are published on the joint website.
Bradwell Power Generation Company Ltd, a joint subsidiary of CGN and EDF, is developing proposals to use the UK HPR1000 reactor in a new nuclear power station at their site next to the existing Magnox site at Bradwell in Essex.
ONR and the Environment Agency 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 HPR1000 website.
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