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HSE responds to Yorkshire Post letter - "Nuclear power is the real subsidy junkie, not wind farms"

11 August 2010

Dear Sir/Madam

Re: "Nuclear power is the real subsidy junkie, not wind farms" - 11 August 2010

Dr Candida Spillard (Yorkshire Post, 11 August) is wrong in her assertion that the Health and Safety Executive's dealings with the nuclear industry are 'all done using Government money'.

Legislation empowers HSE to recover most of the cost associated with regulating the nuclear industry by charging licensees of nuclear installations, license applicants and potential applicants. HSE's Nuclear Directorate currently recovers more than 97 per cent of its costs from businesses in the nuclear industry.

Yours faithfully

Andy Hall
Deputy Chief Inspector (Nuclear Installations)
Nuclear Directorate
Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2012-01-13