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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 1ST DECEMBER, 2011

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 2ND NOVEMBER, 2011

 

 

"C1493          HINKLEY POINT POWER STATION - CIVIL PROTECTION ARRANGEMENTS (L) (SCRUTINY - HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) -

 

In response to a request, the Leader had indicated at the Council meeting in July, 2011 that a report in respect of the above would be submitted to Cabinet.

 

Members were notified that a review of all nuclear sites within the U.K. was being undertaken which could result in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) updating current guidance relating to off-site plans.  The risks associated with nuclear power stations were being considered both nationally and internationally.  In order to address the regional risk Somerset Local Authorities Civil Contingencies Unit produces an off-site plan for Hinckley Point A and B Nuclear Licence Sites which referenced Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ) set at 3.5 km with extended release Scenario up to 15km.

 

The HSE and the ONR produced advice on the DEPZ and also considered the extendibility zone.  This Council would be informed through the Welsh Government which would in turn be informed by the Department for Communities and Local Government Resilience.  Members noted that the Council had a well established generic Emergency Response procedure for responding to emergencies and incidents that affected residents and communities within the Vale.  The strategic response was led by the Chief Executive and the Corporate Management Team.  The Civil Protection Unit led the tactical response which included an Emergency Control Room with relevant services area staff and liaison with C1V to ensure resources and communications were consistent.  Public information messages would be co-ordinated at the Strategic (Gold) and the Council's Corporate Communication Team would use all methods available to inform the public as set down in the Crisis Media Communication Plan.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED - T H A T the arrangements currently in place be noted and the report referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) for consideration.

 

Reason for decision

 

To consider the Civil Protection arrangements in place for Hinkley Point and refer to the appropriate Scrutiny Committee."

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 2nd November, 2011

 

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