Springfield's Fuels Limited Detailed Emergency Planning Zone Revised

Monday, August 03, 2020

Lancashire County Council has revised the Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ) around Springfield's Fuels Limited to meet the new regulations responsibilities.



Although the risk has not changed from the site, Lancashire County Council has responsibility for determining this area and sending out prior information under the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019 (REPPIR).

The outcome of Lancashire County Council's review, takes into account reports provided by the operator and Public Health England, changes to the area, and application of REPPIR 2019.

The DEPZ has been re-defined and the overall geographical area has increased slightly.

Although there’s absolutely no change to the risk from the Site Operator, having this new responsibility meant Lancashire County Council could review the DEPZ and make it more manageable and sensible from an emergency planning point of view.

The DEPZ is defined as a land area that varies from approximately 300 metres to 1.4 km from the boundary of the Springfield's Fuels Ltd. site, which is defined by roads, footpaths, field boundaries and waterways. The area includes the villages of Lea Town and Clifton.

The DEPZ has a total number of 599 premises including residential, businesses and also St Marys Roman Catholic Primary School.

Under the regulations those in the DEPZ will get pre-distributed specific information on emergencies. Those included in the DEPZ have been contacted by Lancashire County Council.

Letters have been sent to everyone in the DEPZ and have encouraged them to get in touch with Lancashire County Council if they need further information. The feedback so far has been very positive.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "We have carefully considered the DEPZ in line with our new responsibilities.

"This review, which is one of a number we are responsible for and carry out routinely, means that we can be assured robust safety plans are in place."

A copy of the Site Operator's Consequence Report, and the DEPZ Determination Report, which explains how the decision was reached, are available at:

https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/strategies-policies-plans/emergency-planning/emergency-plans/reppir-plans/


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