Office for Nuclear Regulation ebulletin: 10 February 2012

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February 2012


UK nuclear safety expert joins IAEA team in Japan

Gary Booth, an inspector in the Office for Nuclear Regulation, joined a team of international nuclear safety experts to review Japan's process for assessing safety at its nuclear power plants.
Ohi nuclear power station, Units 3 and 4 - Jan 2012  

Sellafield: regulating Cumbria's giant

Sellafield is one of the most talked about nuclear sites in the world; it is certainly one of the biggest comprising a wide range of nuclear facilities with high hazards and risks.  That is why, when most UK nuclear sites have one dedicated ONR inspector, the Cumbrian site has a whole team devoted to it.

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Forum on Fukushima: answering questions in North Wales

Senior officials from the Office for Nuclear Regulation team which produced reports on Fukushima for the UK Government and for the European Council gave a public presentation and answered questions during a forum held in Bangor, North Wales.

Sizewell A

Enforcement decision on Sizewell A pond incident

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has concluded a review into a leak of treated pond water last year at defueling nuclear power station Sizewell A. It has published a report explaining its decision to take enforcement action by writing to the licensee and setting out what it expects to see happen to improve safety.

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Safety inspector recruitment

The Office for Nuclear Regulation is planning to recruit 40 nuclear safety inspectors in each of the next two years, to give us the resources we need to regulate the nuclear industry and its increasing activities. From 23 February, the new safety inspector vacancies will go live and candidates will be able to see more detail about the additional roles on offer.


Our strategy and vision

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has published its strategy setting out the Board’s vision for the direction of the organisation. It includes ONR's vision statement "Universally respected for securing confidence in nuclear safety and security" and the three key areas which the Board believe are most important to achieve its vision: transforming our organisation; focusing on delivery and influencing nuclear safety and security.

The week ahead

ONR and NGO forum minutes published

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has posted the minutes of its second engagement forum held with representatives from various non-governmental organisations (NGOs). More ONR and NGO forums are planned for this year.

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European Commission public consultation peer review

The European Commission is currently assessing areas where the existing Euratom nuclear safety legislative framework could be further reinforced.
This public consultation seeks the views of stakeholders and other interested parties on the need for additional nuclear safety legislative measures at Euratom level. The Commission will evaluate the feedback to this consultation and ensure practical follow-up.
The consultation period runs to 29 February 2012.


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