THE Government has underlined its commitment to the nuclear industry and reaffirmed plans for a nuclear waste repository, almost certainly in west Cumbria. Energy Minister Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe hailed a “nuclear renaissance” when she addressed the Office for Nuclear Regulation Industry Conference on Tuesday. She said: “It feels like we are seeing a renaissance in the nuclear industry. “We’re currently delivering the actions set out in the 2014 Implementing Geological Disposal White Paper ahead of launching a new siting process in 2017.” A previous attempt to establish an underground repository for high and intermediate-level waste in west Cumbria was halted in 2013 when Cumbria County Council vetoed the process. This time the Government will have the final say.
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe’s speech at the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) Industry Conference. Looking in to the future of this nuclear renaissance, another exciting area of development is in the field of Small Modular Reactors. SMRs might allow us to bring down the costs of meeting our energy and climate change targets. They could certainly offer a potential opportunity for the UK to leverage the extensive skills and expertise we have across the nuclear supply chain. And as you will all know, in March of this year, we launched the first phase of our SMR competition.
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