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HSE responds to the Guardian article: "Who to trust on nuclear?"

"Who to trust on nuclear?" - the Guardian, 14 April 2011
Response date:
18 April 2011

Dear Sir

Dr Paul Dorfman is not right to claim that 'the HSE review is looking increasingly narrow, with fact-finding and weighing of evidence limited to the usual suspects, excluding involvement from energy experts who are not nuclear proponents' ('Who to trust on nuclear?', 14 April).

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations, Dr Mike Weightman, made clear in his statement of 29 March that his report would be wide and comprehensive in scope, and that it would be produced in an open and transparent way. On 4 April, Dr Weightman published a letter inviting a wide range of stakeholders to submit to him any technical evidence or facts relating to the events at the Fukushima plant and their potential lessons for enhancing nuclear safety in the UK. The letter was sent to over 8,000 recipients and published on our website. Nominations have also been sought from academia, NGOs, the nuclear industry, environmental regulators and others for relevant experts to support Dr Weightman with independent technical opinion on his emerging findings. This is not a partial engagement but a wide ranging one.

Yours faithfully

Les Philpott CPFA
Director of Corporate Affairs and Secretary
Office for Nuclear Regulation
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle L20 7HS

Updated 2012-01-13