There is a new consultation on the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability framework (here) which provides access to the draft Second Edition of the Framework (here).
This is a very well written document that is very useful to any organisation, such as a REPPIR or COMAH site, that trains to respond to major incidents with the emergency services.
At 50 pages long you might struggle to get your Command Team to read the whole document but it makes a great basis for a Command and Control training course and as a guide when writing your emergency response manuals.
There is a new IAEA Safety Standard on site Evaluation that states that:
2.29. The external zone for a proposed site shall be established with account taken of the potential for radiological consequences for people and the feasibility of implementing emergency plans, and of any external events or phenomena that might hinder their implementation. Before construction of the nuclear installation is started, it shall be confirmed that there will be no insurmountable difficulties in establishing an emergency plan for the external zone before the start of operation of the installation.
Where the “external zone” is the likely future UPZ, by default 25 km.
It’ll be interesting to see how the ONR seek to establish off-site planning around new build especially as they want the Local Authorities to take the lead.
The BBC has an interesting discussion about the rights and wrongs of the Fukushima exclusion zone. On one hand you protect people from radiation dose and on the other you deprive them of their home. At what level of radiation dose does exclusion become the “right” choice?
The article talks about measurable radiation dose so I believe it is talking about gamma shine from contaminated surfaces. We’d also be interested in the internal doses received by people in the area.
The ONR have agreed with Magnox Limit’s judgement that a REPPIR emergency is no longer required at Hunterston A which is being decommissioned. This is further progress towards clearing away the first generation nuclear power stations in the UK. (ONR report here).
Spanish firm Escuadrone has developed what it claims is the world’s first drone equipped with a system for detecting radioactivity. The drone can be used in the management of nuclear-related emergencies, it says.
There is an interesting publication about air quality available here from the Royal College of Physicians.
Its opening statement is that:
Each year in the UK, around 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution, with more linked also to exposure to indoor pollutants
One of its conclusions is that:
If we act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to target levels by 2050, we can have a real impact. An analysis for the European Commission suggests that, each year in the UK, this would prevent the following impacts related to local and regional air pollutant exposure:
> 5,700 deaths
> 1,600 hospital admissions for lung and heart problems
2,400 new cases of bronchitis.
Reducing air pollution would also allow vulnerable people to be more active, take less medication, and live longer.
The economic value of these benefits would add up to €3.9 billion per year.