Book: Nuclear Emergency Planning and Response by Keith Pearce

Book coverI have just published a revised and much expanded version of my nuclear emergency response book. It now covers the wider UK nuclear industry with some comparisons to approaches in other countries. It looks at risk assessment, plan scoping, concept of operations, radiation protection, dose limits, the planning community, response and recovery. It mentions REPPIR-19 a few times.

This was a lockdown project, started when I found that my workload had significantly dwindled. It was not written with any group in mind but may be of interest to planners, responders and regulators in industry, local authorities and the emergency services.

It is printed in black and white which allows the cost to be kept down to £12 of which £3 goes to me as the author. I shall be donating my share to the Prince’s Trust since I believe that while lockdown has done me little damage, we need to give some extra help to those transitioning from education to work in these unusual times and the Trust will be far better at that than me.

I would be grateful for feedback if anybody does read it. Being “print on demand” It is quite easy to squash typos if they are pointed out and more chunky revisions are not too much of a problem.

Find it on Amazon at https://amzn.to/353MpQ0

 

IAEA Handbook on the Design of Physical Protection Systems for Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities

IAEA NSS 40TA new IAEA publication has been published (May 2021) (link here) . This has the objective to provide comprehensive, detailed guidance for States, competent authorities and operators to assist them in implementing the recommendations from the IAEA on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities. This area is subject to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (link here). The UK signed on to this, with some reservations as a member of the EU. I cannot establish the current position.

A Physical Protection System (PPS) is an integrated system of detection, delay and response measures. It should comprise people, procedures and equipment to provide defence in depth, with a graded approach, to address the range of threats identified in the applicable threat statement and to protect against both unauthorized removal and sabotage. The PPS comprises interior and exterior intrusion detection sensors, cameras, delay measures, access controls devices and response measures.

The handbook recommends a systematic design and evaluation of the PPS with requirements identification, design, and evaluation phases. These stages are each explained in some detail. This process is fine if you are starting afresh on a new site but, with an old site, you are more likely to be trying to combine systems with a range of ages and technologies into a workable and justifiable system. The principles need to be modified a bit for this circumstance.

The handbook advises on how to deter an attack on a site by making potential adversaries think it an unattractive target because of low probability of success or high risks to themselves.

There are detailed sections on physical protection systems (design, evaluation, testing and technology options) and the management systems required to keep it all operating effectively.

This handbook would be a good read for any security manager and security systems designer.