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Aldermaston off-site emergency area reduced by ONR

AWE welcomes the decision by the Office for Nuclear Regulation to reduce the size of the Aldermaston off-site emergency planning area by 27%.

The ONR has concluded that there has been a "reduction in the hazards and risks of a radiation emergency" at AWE Aldermaston leading to a reduction of almost a third in the landmass size of the area from 28km square to 20.5km square, and in a small decrease to the number of residents affected, from of 17,208 to 17,100.

The revised Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Public Information Regulations (REPPIR) off-site emergency planning area determined by ONR, previously known as the Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ), is a land area that varies from 2 km to 3.5 km from the centre of the site.

It is defined by roads, footpaths, field boundaries and rivers. The area includes the villages of Aldermaston, Inhurst, Pamber Heath and the town of Tadley.

In response to the ONR decision AWE Site Director, Haydn Clulow said: "This decision by the ONR to reduce the size of the AWE Aldermaston REPPIR off-site emergency planning area by almost a third, is recognition of AWE's commitment to reduce risks and deliver safe and secure operations."

"I welcome the ONR's assertion that there "has been a reduction in the hazards and risks of a radiation emergency" at AWE Aldermaston since the last zone determination.

"The health and safety of our employees, the community and the environment are and always will remain a priority for AWE."

For more information about the ONR decision go to www.ONR.org.uk<http://www.ONR.org.uk>

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