Emergency Preparedness

ETSON prevents nuclear emergencies and accidents

Since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, emphasis has been placed on the occurrence of severe accidents with a view to preventing them, besides the research programmes focused on their consequences for man and the environment.
In order to improve the technical and radiological emergency preparedness and response capabilities, the ETSON members strive for exchanging their views on five different stages:

  • Post-accident activities at Fukushima Dai-Ichi site and in Japan: European ETSON members consider it a first priority to contribute, as far as possible, to their Japanese colleagues’ effort for post-accident management.
  • European stress test: ETSON members need to draw the lessons on technical safety assessment from the results of the European stress test in which they took part following the Fukushima NPP Accident in order to assess whether nuclear power plants can also cope with extreme unexpected events.
  • Emergency preparedness: develop all possible scenarios to respond quickly and successfully to any nuclear accident by secure recovery and/or mitigating actions.
  • Emergency response: transfer best practices in the operation of emergency response organisations of ETSON members and develop in the long run a global common understanding of emergency response arrangements.
  • Post-Fukushima research and analysis programmes: benchmark, exchange and, if possible, harmonisation of tools and methods used for technical and radiological assessments.

In this context, there is still a long way to go for TSOs in Europe and worldwide to provide the authorities and the media with technical advice in a way that shows that they are working together. TSOs must learn to harmonise their nuclear safety and radiation protection assessments in a co-ordinated and interactive manner.