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Detail of outcome
We will take steps to build on our already robust radiological emergency preparedness and response arrangements by:
replacing the REPPIR 2001 regulations and updating the CDG regulations. The draft regulations published alongside the government response are, subject to minor drafting amendments, the regulations we intend to take forward to deliver the policy conclusions set out in the government response
introducing new definitions, including of ‘radiation emergency’ and ‘emergency worker’
Consistent approach to assessing the full range of risks:
creating a standardised approach for sites to assess the full range of risks from a radiation emergency
Commensurate approach to emergency planning:
introducing the need for commensurate emergency planning, including the concept of outline planning zones based on default outline planning zones for civil nuclear sites
placing the duty on operators to provide information to local authorities on the consequences of an emergency from a site and giving local authorities the duty to develop and own offsite emergency planning arrangements
National reference level:
this new concept sets a guideline for the level of radiation exposure over a year that emergency plans should aim keep below in the extremely unlikely event of a radiation emergency. It is therefore a tool to use in emergency response planning
introducing flexibility so that stable iodine could be lawfully obtained and distributed in an emergency, without supervision from a pharmacist
strengthening the role of the lead local authority, and duties of cooperation
removing references to transport from REPPIR and update CDGs to implement the requirements of the BSSD 2013, including through the addition of equivalent definitions of radiation emergency, emergency workers and a national reference level. Changing the approach and duties for prior information, giving responsibility to the Office for Nuclear Regulation and local authorities to publish and prepare information
Detail of feedback received
We received 71 responses to the consultation from a range of stakeholders, including:
- local authorities
- members of the public
- academic institutions
- government agencies
- professional bodies
- emergency services
We held discussions and attended briefings and events with many of those that responded, as well as with other government bodies such as regulators.
This consultation is relevant to those working with radiological material, in particular where an emergency as a result of that work might have an impact on the public.
Emergency planners working in local authorities will also have an interest in the topics on which we are consulting.
This is a joint consultation between BEIS, HSE and MOD.