Plans in Place to Deal with Nuclear Submarine Leak on Portland
3:00pm 21st March 2013
If there were ever a radiation leak from nuclear submarines on Portland, tablets would be given to people living nearby.
This is from Dorset County Council who revealed their off-site accident plan at a media briefing in the port yesterday (20th March).
The pills are called Potassium Iodate tablets (PITs) and they contain a thyroid-blocking agent to try to prevent small particles of radiation from being inhaled.
Ovi Rominger from DCC has a responsibility for the maintenance of the off-site plan, and he told Wessex FM, "We've got eight walk routes, labelled A to H. And according to the plan the maximum time that we allow per walk route is one hour, so everybody within these walk routes should receive their PITs within one hour."
He added, "We are trying to use local knowledge as much as we can, the PITs distribution is being undertaken by teams. Half of the team is a military team which is being brought along by the MOD (Ministry of Defence), the other half is a local team, which are the local MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) guys. They hold the local knowledge and they will know every nook and cranny around the island and make sure none of the properties are being missed in the process."
They will be practising the hand out of these tablets on the 10th of April, a day when they are testing official reactions to a simulated nucleur incident.
Commander Mark Prince from the Royal Navy wanted to reassure people that any problems with radiation leaks were extremely rare and that there were very strong barriers in place to make sure that there wouldn't be a leak. He continued to add that a reaction plan which includes both on-site (on the submarine) and off-site reactions has to be tested in any area where the submarines could berth every three years.
So far, we have been told that there will be very little disruption on Portland on the 10th of April.