Fusion Research Reactor

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 2nd February 2004.

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Photo of David Chaytor David Chaytor Labour, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2003, Official Report, column 814W, on the fusion research reactor, what assessment was made of the proximity of the Cadarache site to an earthquake fault when the United Kingdom gave its backing to the site.

Photo of Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry

holding answer 29 January 2004

In making its decision the UK considered the results of two assessments of the ITER candidate sites, the Joint Assessment of Specific Sites (JASS) in January 2003, and the European ITER Site Study Group (EISSG) in May 2003. Both concluded that Cadarache could meet the requirements for ITER. Safety regulations for the construction of new nuclear facilities in France to meet the risk of earthquakes are very strict. Earthquakes are more frequent and stronger in the vicinity of the Japanese candidate site, Rokkasho.

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