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REPPIR plans

Heysham Power Station

Local Authority plans for mitigating the consequences of a nuclear off-site emergency. More information about Heysham Power Station.To ensure that arrangements are in place to deal with the off-site consequences of an incident at the stations, however unlikely, Lancashire County Council produce an off-site emergency plan. This is a requirement under the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulation 2001 – known as REPPIR.
The off-site plan is in addition to the company on-site plan and is developed by the County Council working with a number of organisations including Lancaster City Council, emergency services, health organisations and staff from British Energy. The plan is designed to protect the public and environment from any radiation emergency which may have off-site consequences.

All persons and organisations within the Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ) around the stations have been issued with information on what to do in the event of an Off-Site Nuclear Emergency. In the event of an Off-Site Nuclear Emergency the public within the DEPZ would be advised to shelter indoors and take potassium iodate tablets.

The tablets act by “topping up” the thyroid gland with stable (non-radioactive) iodine in order to reduce accumulation of radioactive iodine in the thyroid. (in certain circumstances radioactive iodine may be released to the environment during an incident at the site).

Additional stocks of Potassium Iodate tablets are available to be issued following an emergency. These tablets will be issued on the advice of UK Department of Health.

A key part of the off-site plan relates to giving information to people who live and work in the immediate vicinity of the site (known as the Detailed Emergency Planning Zone DEPZ – a distance of approximately 1km from the site).  Security protocols mean that a substantial part of the off-site plan cannot be placed in the public domain. However if you require further information please contact the Emergency Planning Service.

Springfields Fuels

Local Authority plans for mitigating the consequences of a nuclear off-site emergency

To ensure that arrangements are in place to deal with the off-site consequences of an incident at the site, however unlikely, the Lancashire County Council produce an off-site emergency plan. This is a requirement under the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulation 2001 – known as REPPIR.
 
The off-site plan is in addition to the company on-site plan and is developed by the county council working with a number of organisations including Fylde Borough Council, emergency services, health organisations and staff from Springfields. The plan is designed to protect the public and environment from any radiation emergency which may have off-site consequences.
 
A key part of the off-site plan relates to giving information to people who live and work in the immediate vicinity of the site (known as the Detailed Emergency Planning Zone - a distance of approximately 1.2km from the site).  Security protocols mean that a substantial part of the off-site plan cannot be placed in the public domain. However if you require further information please contact the Emergency Planning Service (full contact details can be found on the homepage).
 
You can also contact Springfields Community Relations at the following email address:

Further Information

Nuclear Emergency Planning Liasion Group

DECC chairs the Nuclear Emergency Planning Liaison Group (NEPLG), which brings together organisations with interests in off-site civil nuclear emergency planning.

Public Health England - Nuclear Emergencies: Information for the Public

This publication is a two-part leaflet set and is intended to provide information on basic concepts of radiation, explain how radiation effects people, and describe the consequences of a nuclear accident and the measures used to protect public health in the event of an accident.