Safety is our number one priority. Nuclear power stations are highly regulated in all security and safety matters. Even though our safety standards are rightly very high, our emergency arrangements are rigorously planned and rehearsed.
There are three main obligations which lie behind emergency arrangements. These are:
Moral - We have a moral duty to protect both personnel on site and the public; we must have robust emergency plans and demonstrate them to the outside agencies and the public.
Legal - Under the Nuclear Installations Act, Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Public Information Regulation (REPPIR), we must ensure safe operations by preventing accidents happening and make arrangements to respond to an emergency should one occur.
Commercial - A successful company is also a safe company, so it is in our interest to make very effective emergency arrangements that can respond to accidents to manage business continuity effectively.
To meet these obligations, the approach we use combines EDF Energy's own expertise with the co-ordinated national approach of the emergency services and Government agencies.
EDF Energy has four priorities to protect in an emergency:
Firstly the public - by alerting off-site organisations of any countermeasure necessary to protect the public and providing information prior to and during an event.
Secondly, personnel on site - by ensuring that personnel are adequately protected and accounted for.
Thirdly, the environment - by monitoring the environment in and around the affected site.
And finally, the plant - by dealing with any plant damage and returning the plant to a safe state.