Nuclear expert advises Government

19 July 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Professor Peter Storey selected to join Minister for Europe on nuclear safety visit to Bulgaria  

An expert from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was handpicked to advise the Minister for Europe on nuclear decommissioning.

Peter Storey, Professor in Nuclear Policy and Regulation, was a member of a small delegation who assisted the UK Minister for Europe on a recent visit to Bulgaria to discuss nuclear safety.

The professor, who is based in the UCLan School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, accompanied David Liddington MP to Sofia to discuss how the UK can support Bulgaria with its nuclear decommissioning programme and with technical support.

He joined the Minister in meetings with Dragomir Stoinev, the Bulgarian Minister for Environment, and his senior officials. The meetings, which were coordinated by the UK Embassy and UKTI, focused on the decommissioning programme currently underway in Bulgaria which employ UK expertise from Nuvia and NNL as well as the anticipated new build programme.

In the meeting Professor Storey, who also established a number of key contacts during the visit, emphasised the support that UCLan can offer through its know-how and strength on nuclear safety and nuclear security. These discussions and others with Kozoloduy NPP, ENPRO and a number of non-governmental organisations identified training and education opportunities for the transfer of nuclear regulatory expertise that underpins education and training courses at UCLan.