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Update on Government response to Dr Weightman's final report

The Government has published its final response to Dr Weightman's final report on the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site.

As part of his report Dr Weightman invited the Government to report back on the recommendations by June 2012. In December 2011, the Government gave its initial response.

The Government response published recently updates this and sets out the work they have done or intend to do in implementing Dr Weightman’s recommendations. This includes:

  • Further strengthening their work with international partners on nuclear safety, particularly through the IAEA. The UK has recently joined the IAEA’s global assistance network for nuclear emergencies, RANET.
  • Taking forward work from the Nuclear Emergency Planning Liaison Group review of the UK’s national nuclear emergency arrangements in light of the experience of dealing with the prolonged Japanese event – and implementing a new UK National Strategic Framework for nuclear emergency planning and response.
  • Ensuring that openness and transparency are enshrined in the work taken forward to create the Office of Nuclear Regulation as a statutory body.

Click here to download the update.

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