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AP1000® pressurised water reactor is currently being assessed by the UK’s Nuclear Regulators (the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency) under their Generic design assessment process (GDA). This assessment is due to be completed by June 2011.

Under the Generic Design Assessment process, companies submit information on their reactor designs to the UK Nuclear Regulators, who assess the safety, security and environmental aspects of the design separately from any application to build a nuclear power station at a particular site. This process involves a rigorous and structured examination of detailed design information by the Regulators, and takes several years to complete. At the end of their assessment (and at key stages during it) the Regulators will issue reports on their findings, confirming whether they judge a design to be satisfactory.

The assessment process is being carried out in an open and transparent manner, designed to facilitate the involvement of the public, who are able to view and comment on design information published on the web.

To view the Safety, Security and Environmental Report for the Westinghouse AP1000 pressurised water reactor [and to comment on the design] - click here

To find out more information about the UK’s Generic Design Assessment process and to read the reports of the UK Nuclear Regulators - click here

*AP1000 pressurised water reactor is a trademark of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC