THE Bradwell B team are urging the public to give feedback on reactor technology, as the public comment process next month.

Members of the public have just one month left to comment on the reactor design and regulatory submissions on the UK HPR1000 reactor technology.

The China General Nuclear Power Group, CGN, and EDF, through their joint venture company General Nuclear System Limited, initiated the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process of the reactor in January 2017.

The public comment process allows people to provide feedback on the developing design.

It opened in November 2017 and is due to close on Friday, September 17.

The assessment is separate, but helpful, to applications to build nuclear power stations at specific sites such as the proposed site at Bradwell-on-Sea.

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In order to build a nuclear power station at a specific location, the site’s individual conditions need to be considered, meaning a range of site specific consents are required, such as development consent, site licensing and environmental permits.

These consents for Bradwell B will require separate and in-depth public engagement and consultation over the coming years.

Since the GDA process began, a range of feedback has been received including technical questions, questions about safety and planning for climate change.

During the four-step process, the UK’s regulators, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency (EA), provide rigorous, independent scrutiny to ensure new nuclear power station designs proposed meet high standards of safety, security, and environmental protection.

The GDA is set to complete in early 2022 and, if successful, a Design Acceptance Confirmation and Statement of Design Acceptability will be issued from the ONR and EA respectively.

Minhong Zhu, managing director of General Nuclear System Limited, said: “I encourage everyone to continue to engage with the GDA in this final month.

"Whether you’ve commented before or not, you still have the opportunity to look at our documents on our website and feedback.

“The end of the comment process marks the culmination of many thousands of hours of hard work.

"It also brings closer the possibility of deploying a new reactor design in the UK which could play a major role in supporting the Government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

Comments can be made via the UK HPR1000 website