Swedish Radiation Safety Authority proposes emergency preparedness and response planning for ESS

The Authority, SSM, has proposed an urgent protective action planning zone to surround ESS, European Spallation Source, with a radius of approximately 700 metres. The zone should be established by the time the facility is taken into routine operation. This proposal was produced in consultation with Lund Municipality.

For the purpose of enabling effective protective actions, it is suggested by SSM to have an urgent protective action planning zone (“UPZ”) established with a range of approximately 700 metres around European Spallation Source (ESS). The detailed design of the UPZ to surround the ESS facility should be adapted to prevailing conditions surrounding the site, as well as drawn up by Lund Municipality prior to ESS being taken into routine operation. The UPZ should have planning in place for effective implementation of the protective action of sheltering, i.e. staying indoors. In addition, it is recommended to carry out pre-planning of systems and procedures for warning the population.

Outside the site of ESS, SSM has assessed that no ground deposition can occur in connection with possible facility emergencies that justify the similar emergency planning distance proposed by SSM to surround Swedish nuclear power plants and the interim spent fuel storage facility at Oskarshamn.

"Our assessment is that no emergencies can occur at ESS warranting evacuation of any areas in the vicinity of the facility," says Anna Maria Blixt Buhr, an analyst at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

When working on the proposed emergency preparedness and response planning relating to ESS, the Authority used as a platform, as far as possible, the methods, analyses and positions adopted as accounted for in SSM’s report no. 2017:27e, "Review of Swedish emergency planning zones and distances” (translated version).

Note: The above news item was originally published in Swedish on 18 October 2018.

For more information, please contact: Anna Maria Blixt Buhr, Analyst, Tel. +46 8 799 40 98, or, alternatively, the Authority’s duty press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.