Information campaign: What to do in case of a nuclear accident?
From March 14 to April 16, 2011 the Ministry of Home Affairs launches together with the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control an information campaign for the Belgian population on the nuclear and radiological risk. Simultaneously, new iodine tablets will be distributed to the population living in the vicinity of a nuclear site.
Through this campaign, the government wants to inform the public about the possible protective actions in case of a nuclear incident. All residents in the vicinity of the nuclear sites in Doel, Tihange, Mol-Dessel, Fleurus, Borssele or Chooz will also receive information on how to get free iodine tablets.
Visit the website www.nucleairrisico.be/en for more information about the campaign on nuclear and radiological risk.
The role of SCK•CEN in the nuclear emergency planning
SCK•CEN conducts research and provides services to enable better estimation of the impact of nuclear accidents, to allow founded decisions to be made in the event of an accident and for refining emergency plan organisation.
SCK•CEN is developing atmospheric dispersion and dose models to enable rapid estimation of the seriousness of an accident. These models are being used to make estimations for accident scenarios for our own plants, but also for other plants such as Doel and Tihange. We are also developing measuring methods and strategies to evaluate the situation constantly during and after an accident. Both the model calculations and the measurements are essential methods for implementing protection measures for the population in the event of accidents.
The implementation of these measures requires good communication with the population. SCK•CEN is conducting scientific study into efficient communication for a nuclear emergency plan. There are often several options. The decision-making process is then complex. SCK•CEN is conducting research into methods for decision support.
SCK•CEN is an important government partner due to not only its expertise in radiological evaluations and measurements, but also for the supervision of exercises and the refinement of the efficiency of the emergency plan. SCK•CEN also plays a major part in training for emergency situations: for several years already it has been providing training on a European level. SCK•CEN is involved in a number of European research projects concerning emergency planning, including projects concerning response in the event of radiological terrorism.
As a nuclear operator, SCK•CEN has an internal emergency plan and regularly organises nuclear emergency exercises.
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Background information on nuclear science and society
More information on nuclear science and society can be found on this website in the section "Science & Society".