September 14, 2017 / 1:11 PM / 9 months ago

UK to set up nuclear safety regime post-Brexit to exceed IAEA levels

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will establish a nuclear safeguard regime as it exits the European Union that will match the standards of Euratom and exceed those of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a government official said on Thursday.

A general view of the Sellafield nuclear plant near Whitehaven, Britain February 13, 2017. Picture taken February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble

The government is also seeking to strike deals with the IAEA that would allow the international nuclear body to inspect British nuclear facilities and verify their safety standards.

The nuclear industry voiced concerns on Wednesday that its operations and investments could be hampered should Britain fail to replicate the regulatory regime provided by Euratom, in time for Brexit in March 2019. [L5N1LU4DZ]

Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki; Editing by Dale Hudson

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