Nuclear power—Glossary of terms
Produced in partnership with Burges Salmon
Nuclear power—Glossary of terms

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Burges Salmon provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Nuclear power—Glossary of terms
  • Background
  • Glossary of Nuclear Terms
  • Disclaimer


Nuclear power has been produced commercially in the UK since the 1950s and grew out of the policy need for a nuclear deterrent. The UK currently has 15 reactors generating about 21% of its electricity supply. Following the execution by the Government of the contract with EDF to build the UK’s first nuclear power plant for a generation at the ‘Hinkley Point C’ site in West Some