In the highly unlikely event of a release of radioactive material from a nuclear power plant the immediate concern would be to protect people from radiation dose. That is why EDF Energy, the operator of the UK’s generating nuclear power stations has developed a new piece of equipment that would improve the speed and accuracy of radiation readings during an off-site event.
The off-site plan advises the most appropriate countermeasures that would prioritise protecting the public. This is an optimisation exercise that has to be carried out in real time, as the plume of radioactive material disperses on the wind, and it requires an understanding of the distribution of off-site dose rates.
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