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US Fusion Regulators Hear from UK Regulators about British Approach to Fusion Governance

Representatives from the UK government participated in a public meeting with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to outline their progress towards fusion regulation, technological development, hazard scenarios, and government consultation.

On September 16, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) hosted a public meeting with leaders from the British government agencies charged with regulation of fusion energy in the United Kingdom, with presentations on various topics were given by the attendees. A representative from the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) discussed the regulatory journey for future fusion power reactors in the UK, the technologies being developed there, and possible accident scenarios. Then, members from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Environment Agency (EA) spoke on the regulation of fusion for their respective interests. Those presenting for the Regulatory Horizons Council (RHC) and the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategies (BEIS) reported on direct engagement with the UK Government and steps to increase awareness and support for fusion energy. After a group discussion, the NRC presented on its recent white paper “Preliminary Options for a Regulatory Framework for Fusion Systems.

A global coalition of fusion regulatory bodies is necessary to make fusion energy a reality. Regulatory agencies like the ones listed above keep workers and communities safe, enhance public understanding and trust, and liaise for fusion to the government in their country. These kinds of meetings are crucial to develop a global framework for producing fusion energy. Another NRC public meeting about fusion is scheduled for October 27. Please follow @Fusion_Industry on Twitter for updates.

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