News from ONR - February 2016

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eBulletin - February 2016

The latest news and activities from the Office for Nuclear Regulation.  Providing efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry, holding it to account on behalf of the public.

ONR graduates on school visit

Nuclear graduates promote science in local schools

Graduates from the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) have been visiting secondary schools to encourage young people to consider careers in science and engineering.

The ‘nucleargraduates,’ based at the ONR office in Bootle, are employed through a national scheme to attract engineers, scientists, managers and financial experts into the UK nuclear sector. As part of the accredited programme, the graduates become ‘STEM’ ambassadors – promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the next generation of local students.

Off-site emergency planning areas determined

ONR has re-determined the off-site emergency planning areas for Sizewell A nuclear licensed site, Portsmouth Operational Berth and Southampton Operational Berth.  These are the areas where the lead local authorities are required to have an emergency plan in place to protect the public in the unlikely event of a radiation emergency.

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ONR Board appointments

Bronwyn Hill CBE has been appointed to ONR as a Non-Executive Director.  Bronwyn brings a wide range of experience and expertise in the delivery of infrastructure and services.  As a former Permanent Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, she has wide experience in infrastructure, regulation and public service and a civil service career primarily in the Department for Transport. 

Existing Non-Executive Director Major General John Crackett CB, TD  has also been reappointed to the Board for a further two years

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Arrangement signed with Canadian regulator

Chief Nuclear Inspector, Richard Savage and Michael Binder, President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) have signed a new Information Exchange Arrangement. The arrangement will facilitate sharing of appropriate information between the two regulators, support work where ONR and CNSC have common issues and promote and improve nuclear safety standards in both countries.

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