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ONR signs MOU with Norwegian Regulator

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA).

The MOU will help to strengthen the relationship between the two regulators, supporting the protection of society with safe and secure nuclear operations.

It will also enable greater information sharing, employee exchange and shared participation in courses, secondments, and seminars. 

Joint research groups may also be set up to collaborate on nuclear and safety related research.

Mark Foy, ONR’s Chief Nuclear Inspector and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Working with other national regulators is important for ONR as it allows us to learn from each other and to share good practice. 

“I look forward to strengthening our relationship with DSA and cooperating on matters of mutual interest to our organisations.”

Kristin Elise Frogg, DSA’s Acting Deputy Director General, added: “We look forward to working more closely with ONR and to strengthening the relationship between our respective organisations.”

During the trip to the UK, the Norwegian delegation accompanied ONR inspectors on a visit to Sellafield to learn more about ONR’s approach to regulating the hazards and risks at the Cumbria site. 

They toured the Magnox Swarf Storage Pond, First Generation Magnox Swarf Storage Pond, and the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo, which are some of the oldest facilities on the site and store a significant inventory of nuclear waste. 

Ensuring waste is safely and efficiently removed from these ageing facilities is an ONR priority.

The delegation also visited the Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store – Direct Import Facility (BEPPS-DIF), which has been constructed to provide safe and secure storage of waste once it has been removed from the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo.

Find out more about our regulation of Sellafield.