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Nuclear Power Stations: Inspections

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how frequently inspections are made of the cooling ponds used to store nuclear fuel rods at each location in the UK. (280801)

The nuclear installations inspectorate (NII) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) monitors and reviews the effectiveness of the licensee’s activities and compliance with safety requirements on nuclear licensed sites including the routine inspection of activities related to the fuel route which includes fuel ponds. Additionally, the Environment Agencies in England and Wales and Scotland inspect facilities to ensure compliance with the relevant environment legislation.

The frequency of future inspections is adjusted according to the outcome of the findings of the inspectors from the HSE and the Environment Agencies.