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Governing Uranium in the United Kingdom

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherDanish Institute for International Studies
Number of pages61
PublishedFeb 2014

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NameDIIS Report
PublisherDanish Institute for International Studies

King's Authors


This paper provides a history of uranium governance in the United Kingdom, focusing on the front end of the fuel cycle, up to and including the point where safeguards are applied to nuclear material. In this report, the term ‘governance’ refers to licensing and regulation by competent authorities in the broad context of nuclear nonproliferation, security and safety. The report also provides relevant information on industry best practices in this area. With no prior studies of uranium governance in the United Kingdom, generating a significant volume of relevant and specific data proved chal-lenging. It was particularly difficult to isolate governance issues prior to the point of conversion for study since nuclear regulation in the UK does not focus on this part of the fuel cycle. Nevertheless, extensive desk-based research utilizing on-line resources, specialist books and periodicals, fieldwork in the National Archive and interviews with subject-matter experts, including current and former officials, provided a unique insight into an area that has remained relatively opaque for many years.

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