Suffolk residents are being invited to have their say on proposed changes to emergency planning arrangements relating to the Sizewell power station sites.
Sizewell Nuclear PowerstationThe Sizewell off-site emergency plan is due for review this year and must take account of developments at the site and changes in national policy and guidance. Specifically, the plan needs to be updated to reflect the fact that the Sizewell A station is no longer generating electricity and implement lessons learned from the Fukushima accident in Japan.
Suffolk is the first county to consider changes to civil nuclear off-site emergency plans since the release of the Fukushima report. This is being done as part of a routine three-yearly review of the plan for how emergency services, councils and other agencies would respond to an incident at the site.
In the UK, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is responsible for putting International Atomic Energy Agency standards into practice by setting minimum safety zones around nuclear power stations.
From 7 January 2013, people who live within the immediate area and up to 15km from the site will have access to a detailed consultation booklet setting out the proposed changes to the precautionary safety arrangements, and inviting them to have their say.
Specifically, the proposals include: