ONR continues its intensive assessment of the UK ABWR as it continues to progress through Step 4. Our focus is to identify any further design changes and safety case developments to enable Hitachi-GE to address them within the current timescales. The Environment Agency is continuing to carry out its assessments and is working towards beginning consultation on its findings so far later this year. Natural Resources Wales is also working towards this consultation. AP1000: This period has seen an overall improvement in the Westinghouse approach to GDA closure, following executive level intervention. Westinghouse has revised and extended its schedule and it now seeks to complete GDA in March 2017. The regulators remain concerned about the volume of work to be delivered and will conduct a detailed ‘health check’ this month to inform the level of confidence in the revised programme.
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