New emergency zones introduced around Swedish NPP

New emergency zones are introduced around Swedish NPPs

The Swedish Government has decided on new emergency planning zones and emergency planning distances for activities involving ionizing radiation. Swedish nuclear power plants will be surrounded by a precautionary action zone and an urgent protective action planning zone as well as an extended planning distance, extending approximately 5, 25 and 100 kilometres respectively. The changes are important in order to improve the feasibility of implementing effective protective actions in the event of a nuclear accident. The new emergency planning zones and distances are to be implemented in Swedish contingency planning no later than 1 July 2022.

Sweden’s Forsmark nuclear power plant Image: Vattenfall