Sizewell Emergency Plan Review – A Further Update

At last the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit (SJEPU) has published – in the wake of the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant disaster – its review of the Sizewell Emergency Arrangements in a document entitled ‘Have Your Say’.

Basically this document proposes increasing the present Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ) from its present 2.4 km to a mere 4 km (thus embracing almost all of Leiston); extending the Precautionary Emergency Planning Zone (PEPZ) out to 15 km and to assess the demographics out to 30 km (whatever that may mean).

‘Have Your Say’ invites the public – only within the 15 km radius – to comment on the proposals by 8th April 2013 to the SJEPU at Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX before any change in the emergency plans arrangements are made at the end of June 2013 …

We find all this, in the light of the Fukushima disaster, appallingly inadequate there has never been a trial wholesale evacuation around Sizewell – thousands of people – in time, and to where? The only safe measure is to Shut Sizewell down before the inevitable accident/terrorist attack happens.

The Manchester based Nuclear Free Local Authorities Chairman Cllr Mark Hackett has, in a letter published in the EastAnglian Daily Times (26th January), whilst welcoming the response of the Suffolk County Council’s proposed modest expansion of the Sizewell DEPZ, urged the Council to take a precautionary view and have a wider emergency planning zone than a smaller one! The NFLA intends to fully respond to the Sizewell emergency plan consultation.