Interview: ASN's Gupta on Regulating in a New Era

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As director general of France's Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and chair of the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (Wenra), Olivier Gupta has a unique perspective on the major challenges facing nuclear regulators. In a Jun. 20 speech to the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (Ensreg), Gupta argued that while the "post-Fukushima decade" has seen stakeholders focusing on learning safety lessons from the March 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, "we are now entering a new decade" in which the main driver will be renewing "electricity-generating means all over the world." Energy Intelligence's Phil Chaffee sat down with Gupta after this speech, given in Brussels, to discuss Gupta's broader vision.

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