EDF Energy Heysham Power Stations Detailed Emergency Planning Zone Revised
Monday, August 03, 2020
Lancashire County Council has revised the Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ) around Heysham Power Stations to meet new regulation responsibilities.
Although the risk has not changed from the power stations, Lancashire County Council has the 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 Site 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 power stations 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 up to 1.8km from the boundary of Heysham Power Stations site. It is defined by roads, footpaths, and moves out into the coast.
The DEPZ has a total number of 554 premises including residential, businesses and also Trumacar County Primary School.
Under the regulations those in the DEPZ will get pre-distributed stable iodine tablets, and 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: