Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said Monday that their consultation with the Environment Agency (EA) on the assessment of Hitachi-GE's UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) design had begun under protocols setup by the Generic Design Assessment process administered by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.
The assessment is underway to review the technology that would be used for a new power plant at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey (in Wales) and at Oldbury in South Gloucestershire (just under Bristol Bay) under proposals developed by Horizon Nuclear Power.
The aim is to provide approval for the UK ABWR design for plants in a review that will incorporate public opinion. The public is permitted to comment on the proposal until 3 March 2017; however, reviewers will not accept comments on the technology or the site location for the plant. The review, however, encompasses issues involving safety, security, waste management and environment protection.
NRW said it would work closely with the EA and the Office for Nuclear Regulation to assess the acceptability of the new design. If acceptable, the Generic Design Assessment “can also help developers to avoid potential cost and time delays during construction,” the agency said.
The new Wylfa Newyddd plant, which will be located near Cemaes, along Cemaes Bay in northern Wales, is expected to cost $15.1 billion and take nine years to construct, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation.
“Our purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used,” said NRW Executive Director for North and Mid Wales Tim Jones.
“It is our job to ensure that any new nuclear power station will meet high standards of environmental protection and waste management, ensuring that our communities are kept safe from environmental harm,” he said in a statement.
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