Memorandum by the Health and Safety Executive
(HSE) on nuclear safety regulation
1. This note provides background information
for the Trade and Industry Select Committee in advance of Dr Mike
Weightman's appearance on 13 June. Dr Weightman is HM Chief Inspector
of Nuclear Installations and an HSE Board Director.
2. In the context of the Government's energy
review, the Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks, has asked HSE for
an expert report setting out the potential health and safety risks
arising from recent and potential energy developments; and on
the HSE's approach to ensure that risks arising from these are
sensibly managed by industry, including:
An increasing need for gas storage
as the UK becomes an importer;
New demonstration projects for carbon
capture and storage, and its potential in the UK;
Increasing penetration of renewables
(wind, wave, geothermal, biomass etc) and distributed generation;
Consideration of a new generation
of nuclear power stations and in the event of nuclear build, the
potential role of pre-licensing assessments of candidate designs.
3. HSE will deliver an independent, expert
report by 30 June. It is will not be for HSE to offer views on
the desirability, or economic viability, of specific energy options.
4. This note is concerned only with nuclear
safety as we understand that this is the particular focus of the
Committee's current study. The following information is provided:
Annex A: The regulation of Nuclear Installations
in the UK.
Annex B: HSE initiatives in preparation for
possible new nuclear build.
Annex C: HSE review of the pre-licensing process
for potential new build of nuclear power stationsextract
from an HSE consultaive document.
Annex D: Recommendations from an IAEA review