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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting - 2 November 2011

 

Cabinet Member for Housing & Community Safety

 

Hinkley Point Power Station - Civil Protection Arrangements

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform Cabinet of the Civil Protection arrangements for incidents at Hinkley Point.

Recommendations

1.             THAT the arrangements currently in place are noted.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             For Cabinet to consider the Civil Protection arrangements in place for Hinkley Point.

 

Background

2.             At full Council on the 6 July 2011 the Cabinet Member for Legal and Public Protection was requested to present a report to Cabinet to consider the issues such as risk assessments and the likely outcome for emergency services.

3.             Following the Japanese tsunami and the resultant crises at the Fukushima Nuclear plant. There was a 20km evacuation zone and between 20km -30km had sheltering or voluntary evacuation around Fukushima plant.  A review of all Nuclear Sites within UK is being undertaken, this may result in the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) updating current guidance relating to off-site plans. At present there is no information on this

4.             The UK Government have announced that it is going ahead with plans to increase the country’s nuclear power capacity and confirmed that Hinkley Point in Somerset will be one of the sites where the next generation of reactors can be built.

 

Relevant Issues and Options

 

5.             The risks associated with nuclear power stations have been considered nationally and internationally. In order to address the regional risk Somerset Local Authorities’ Civil Contingencies Unit produces an Off-site plan for Hinkley Point A & B Nuclear Licensed Sites. This plan references Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ) set at 3.5km with extended release Scenario up to 15km

6.             The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) produce advice on the DEPZ and also consider the extendibility zone, this criteria looks at the not reasonably foreseeable accident. National guidance on this is 4km for evacuation and 15km for Shelter, in addition the Food Standard Agency and Environment Agency provide information on food restriction and drinking water this could be up to 40km. The plan can be found at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/irj/go/km/docs/CouncilDocuments/SCC/Documents/Environment/Civil%20Contingencies/20080430PublicCopyofHinkleyPointPlan.pdf a copy of the plan has also been made available in the Cabinet Member's office.

7.             The Vale of Glamorgan Council will be informed via the cascade system in place. This is via Welsh Government, who will be informed by Department for Communities and Local Government Resilience

8.             The Council has a well established generic Emergency Response procedure for responding to emergencies and incidents that affect the residents and communities of the Vale. The Strategic response is led by the Chief Executive and CMT. The Civil Protection Unit leads the tactical response, this includes an Emergency Control Room with relevant services area staff and liaison with C1V to ensure resources and communications are consistent.

9.             Public information messages will be co-ordinated at the Strategic (Gold) and VoGC Corporate Communication Team will use all methods available to inform the public as set down in the Crisis Media Communication Plan

 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

10.        None

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.        The Council has statutory duties and obligations with regard to Emergency Planning under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004

12.        The Vale of Glamorgan Council has a duty under the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Information) Regulations 2001.  Regulation 17 relates to the duty on local authorities to have arrangements in place to provide information about any kind of radiation emergency

Crime and Disorder Implications

13.        None directly arising from this report

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

14.        None directly arising from this report

Corporate/Service Objectives

15.        Community Leadership: Partnership Working -Co-ordinate the Council's obligations under the Civil Contingencies Act and as a category 1 responder work with the Local Resilience Forum partners (CL13).

Policy Framework and Budget

16.        This report is for consideration

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

17.        None

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

18.        Housing and Public Protection

Background Papers

HINKLEY POINT ESSENTIAL SERVICES, OFF-SITE PLAN

FOR HINKLEY POINT A & B NUCLEAR LICENCED SITES

Version 5, Date: 30 April 2008

 

Contact Officer

Debbie Spargo, Principal Civil Protection Officer 029 2067 3044

 

Officers Consulted

Alun Billinghurst, Head of Public Protection

 

Responsible Officer:

P H Evans, Director of Legal, Public Protection & Housing Services

Legal Services

 

 

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