As a requirement of the 'Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001' (REPPIR), the authority has developed the SotonSafe Port of Southampton Off-site Reactor Emergency Plan. This is required to ensure appropriate actions are taken in the unlikely event of a radiation emergency whilst a nuclear powered submarine is in the port of Southampton.
SotonSafe V6.1 has been published and can be downloaded below.
The 'Radiation Emergency in the Port of Southampton' public information leaflet was sent in July 2012 to over 4,000 residential properties within the 1.5k planning and response zone. This leaflet explains what to do in the highly unlikely event of a leak of radioactive material from a vessel.
A copy of the publication leaflet can be found on the Public Reassurance page.
Port of Southampton Off-Site Reactor Emergency Plan
– SotonSafe Version 6.1
In order to comply with the Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Public Information Regulations 2001, (REPPIR) Southampton City Council, as the ‘offsite’ statutory agency, is required to approve an offsite emergency plan to deal with any nuclear emergency that may reasonable occur when a nuclear powered submarine is berthed in the Port of Southampton.
This plan, known as SotonSafe, is a requirement of the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001.
The purpose of this plan therefore, is to protect the public and workers and provide a set of automatic and pre-planned response actions to mitigate the consequences of an emergency involving a nuclear powered vessel.
Whilst emergency incidents involving submarines are extremely rare, you are provided with the information in our ongoing commitment to ensure public safety.
For further information see SCC Forward Plan.