EDF Energy Response to Third Party Liability Rise

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THE Government's decision to hugely increase the liability of firms running Britain's nuclear sites has led to a swift response from one of the main players in the industry.

EDF Energy, which runs the Hartlepool nuclear power station, says it will be reviewing the Government consultation launched yesterday on third party liability.

A spokesman said the issue was wider than just insurance cover.

"Liability in the event of an incident is only part of the answer," he said. "We believe it is far more important to engineer out the risk of an incident than to simply insure against it.

"The Government protects the taxpayer best by ensuring through regulation that the highest possible standards of construction and operation are maintained with a view to safety, which is the number one priority for EDF Energy and the nuclear industry."

EDF Energy have never made any claims on their insurance for a nuclear incident.

Under the proposed new arrangements, nuclear operators will need to meet third party liabilities covering a far broader scope of liability than at the moment, including economic losses resulting from an accident, damage to the environment, loss of use and enjoyment of the environment, and a higher limit of operator liability. …