Five notable developments in nuclear this week
1. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority published its mid-year performance report.
(Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, 20 February 2018, link)
2. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth appeared before the Lords Economic Affairs Committee to discuss the economics of UK Energy Policy.
The Secretary of State was asked about the future of nuclear power, specifically Hinkley Point. He said ‘we expect the supply chain to develop – it is already developing – around the Hinkley project in Somerset and beyond’.
(Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Uncorrected Oral Evidence: The Economics of UK Energy Policy, 20 February 2018, link)
3. Radioactive Waste Management established an Advisory Council.
The council will advise RWM as it moves forward with its delivery of a Geological Disposal Facility.
(Radioactive Waste Management Council, 16 February 2018, link)
4. The Government updated its guidance on the independence of the Office for Nuclear Regulation.
(Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 19 February 2018, link)
5. The House of Lords debated Legislation for the Nuclear Safeguards Bill.
Day 1 of the Committee Stage took place, led by Lord Henley.