The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has completed its determination of the off‑site emergency planning and public information areas around the Nuclear Licensed sites at Raynesway in Derby, owned and operated by Rolls Royce Marine Power Operations Limited (RRMPOL).
ONR has responsibility for determining these planning areas under the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001 (REPPIR). The determination of emergency planning areas is required in order to ensure that measures are in place to protect the public in the unlikely event of a radiation emergency.
Industry and regulatory safety standards for Nuclear Licensed Sites are constantly reviewed and updated based on local and global events, advances in capability and technology development, and societal expectations.
Having considered RRMPOL’s latest REPPIR assessment of the potential risks to the public from the Raynesway site, ONR has proportionately applied its revised principles to determine a new REPPIR off-site emergency planning area for the two sites at Raynesway. This has included working with Derby City Council and RRMPOL to ensure that existing good practice and practical considerations relevant to the area have been fully taken into account.
The REPPIR off-site emergency planning area defined by ONR is an area based on a radial distance of 500 metres from the centre of the Nuclear Fuel Production Plant. This area includes the A5111 Raynesway dual carriageway to the east and Alvaston Park to the south.
As part of its license to operate, RRMPOL has well-established, detailed plans in place for dealing with the consequences of an emergency on its site. This plan also includes an element of off-site emergency planning which has been developed with Derby City Council on a voluntary basis and is available to the Emergency Services and Community Representatives at the Local Liaison Committee. This voluntary plan has been in place for 15 years.
Derby City Council must now produce an off-site emergency plan for the area determined by ONR. The Council will need to consult with ONR, RRMPOL and emergency responders to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place throughout the new area and that these comply with the requirements of REPPIR. REPPIR requires the Council to produce the off-site emergency plan within six months of the determination (or longer period as ONR may agree in writing).
As part of the REPPIR off-site emergency planning requirements, RRMPOL will work closely with Derby City Council to ensure the appropriate provision of prior information to the public referred to in the area determined by ONR.