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NUCLEAR EMERGENCY BOOKLET UPDATED

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The Health and Safety Executive has today published the third edition of its booklet on arrangements for public pro...
The Health and Safety Executive has today published the third edition of its booklet on arrangements for public protection in the event of a nuclear emergency.

The booklet describes the arrangements which would be put into place by agencies concerned, ranging from the operators to the police, other emergency services, local authorities, health and water authorities, and regulatory and government bodies. It covers incidents at fixed nuclear installations and during the transport of nuclear materials.

Operators are required by law to have adequate arrangements to deal with incidents which might affect people off-site, and regular exercises are held, involving all concerned agencies, to test and review the arrangements.

The new edition updates the 1990 version in the light of the evolution of planning for civil emergencies in general and of the lessons learned from nuclear emergency exercises.

As well as providing information for the public, the booklet is a useful handbook for those who would be involved in responding to an emergency, providing an overall appreciation of the roles of the various bodies, and of co-ordination arrangements.
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