15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The nuclear industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the UK. Regulatory issues necessarily impact upon the development of national policy in environmental and energy areas. This module covers the international and national legal frameworks for nuclear power and radioactive waste management including licensing issues covered by the Nuclear Installations Act, discharge authorisations under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 and planning for new build. The roles of the various regulatory bodies and other players are discussed. The module also addresses the role of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, decommissioning of nuclear facilities and UK radioactive waste management policies and national strategies. Students are introduced to basic legal principles as applied in the nuclear sector and are shown how to read case law and apply their knowledge to legal problems. On completion, students should be able to: explain the policy context in which the nuclear industry operates. list key legal instruments and explain why they have been made. explain the principles guiding regulation in the nuclear industry and comment on the way that they are used. describe clearly the governing bodies, nationally and internationally, responsible for formulating policy, promulgating laws and regulations and enforcing them explain clearly the responsibility of the employer and the individual in respect of ensuring nuclear safety. identify the legislation applicable to the student┐s organisation, and how this is applied.

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