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Rob Edwards

The following letter from Geoffrey Podger, the chief executive of the Health and Safety Executive was published in The Guardian on 18 February 2009:

"Your article (HSE disbands nuclear body that warned of risks, 17 February) implies that HSE's Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee was wound up because it raised inconvenient issues. In fact, NuSAC had reached the end of its term of office and the HSE board decided to defer any decision on future arrangements for providing independent technical advice on nuclear safety, pending various reviews. Any decision will need to take account of the arrangements, yet to be finalised, to implement the Stone review of nuclear regulation and to follow on from any resulting adjustments. In addition, the traditional advisory committee structure is not necessarily the only route to providing advice to HSE. Its nuclear directorate is staffed by experts and it calls on many external sources of advice on nuclear safety to supplement them. The "unpublicised" NuSAC report has, in fact, been published on the HSE website."

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