Nuclear Safety Authority of the French Republic

07/31/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/31/2020 03:29

Publication of a practical guide for the inhabitants of a region contaminated by a nuclear accident

At the request of the Prime Minister, the Codirpa (Steering committee for managing the post-accident phase of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency situation), coordinated by ASN has, since 2005, been conducting a pluralistic reflection on the management of post-nuclear accident situations.

This type of approach, which aims at anticipating the consequences of a major accident and developing a 'risk awareness culture' in the stakeholders concerned (regional authorities, public services, non-governmental organisations, mainstream audiences), turns out to be particularly relevant in the light of recent crises (chemical fire at the Lubrizol plant in Rouen, Covid-19).

ASN recently launched, jointly with IRSN (French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety) and ANCCLI (National Association of Local Information Commissions and Committees), a website to assist the local players, post-accident-nucleaire.fr. This site provides documentary and methodological resources to support local initiatives to prepare for management of the health, economic and social consequences of a nuclear accident.

As a complement to this approach, the Codirpa is posting on the website post-accident-nucleaire.fr a guide to good radiation protection practices, advice for daily living, and information on radioactivity and the environment and the possible methods of measuring radioactivity.

Comprising 28 fact sheets, this guide has been produced by a pluralistic group of the Codirpa under the coordination of ASN, CEPN (Nuclear Protection Evaluation Centre) and IRSN. It is based on the lessons learned from the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents and the practical experience of the communities living in the contaminated regions of Belarus, Lapland and Japan.