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[ISN] Nuclear Plant Safety Report on USB Stick Lost By Official


By John E Dunn
CSO Online
February 17, 2012

A USB stick containing a confidential safety report on a UK nuclear power station has been lost in India, UK ministers have been told by a red-faced Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

The report on Hartlepool nuclear power station was reportedly downloaded in unencrypted form on to the drive before being lost by a senior Health and Safety Executive (HSE) official while at a conference in India, sources told The Sun newspaper.

Containing extensive technical plans to the EDF-owned plant, the report was part of an assessment carried out on all ten of the country's nuclear power stations in the aftermath of the Fukushima incident after the Japan Tsunami last March.

"The use of unencrypted USB pen drives is not permitted by ONR for transporting documents with a security classification," an official confirmed.


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