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Third Party Nuclear Liability: The Case of a
Supplier in the United Kingdom
EPRG Working Paper 1205
Cambridge Working Paper in Economics 1207
Anthony Thomas and Raphael J. Heffron
With a return to nuclear new build expected in the UK, the clarification of the position
of a Supplier and their potential to be liable for nuclear damage is of vital importance
for a functioning nuclear supply chain. The term "Supplier" is used in this paper and,
depending on the context, is intended to cover all parties in the supply chain
providing services, equipment or technology (e.g. the EPC contractor, the reactor
vender, the owner engineer, architect engineer, or the Parent Body Organisation
responsible for decommissioning one the UK legacy nuclear installations).
There are resource shortages already in the nuclear energy industry, and currently
the Supplier to the nuclear industry is over exposed. This situation needs to be
resolved and a new legal definition of nuclear damage enacted. Further, the level of
liability for a UK Supplier to a nuclear project outside the UK needs to be reviewed
as there remains too much ambiguity regarding liability in an international nuclear
law context. The research explores the nuclear liability legislation in the UK and


Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences