Radiation leak exercise to assess preparedness

A simulated radiation leak at a nuclear facility Jaslovské Bohunice onWednesday and Thursday, October 17 and 18, will determine the preparedness and response of emergency crews, police, fire fighters, paramedics, state and local governments and municipalities in Trnava, Nitra and Trenčín, regions closest to the facility.

A simulated radiation leak at a nuclear facility Jaslovské Bohunice on
Wednesday and Thursday, October 17 and 18, will determine the preparedness and response of emergency crews, police, fire fighters, paramedics, state and local governments and municipalities in Trnava, Nitra and Trenčín, regions closest to the facility.

The exercise, which according to the SITA newswire has been dubbed Havran 2012 [Raven], will focus specifically on information flow from the nuclear facility all the way to the level of government departments and the media. Sirens warning of a radiation leak will sound only inside the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant. Elsewhere, they will be tested in silent mode. Journalists were informed about the planned exercise on Monday by officials of the Interior Ministry, power utility Slovenské Elektrárne, and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority. The simulated incident is scheduled to take place in the early morning hours of Wednesday as a result of a seismic event with an epicentre near Jaslovské Bohunice.

The exercise will involve all nuclear and power facilities and authorities, security forces, rescue system and civil defence, up to district offices of the selected counties and municipalities. The last exercise on this scale in Slovakia took place at the end of the 1990s, SITA wrote. Observers at the exercise will come from Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. After the results of the exercise are processed and evaluated, proposals for action will be formulated.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Bratislava for Everyone

Open houses, free events mark start of tourist season

WARM weather invites people to spend more time outdoors and tourism season ceremonially opens with  Bratislava for Everyone, or Open Days of Bratislava, events taking place April 24-26.

Váhostav-SK is heavily involved in highway construction in Slovakia.

Bailout for Váhostav-SK creditors sails through parliament

AMID a race to pass legislation that would come into effect before construction firm Váhostav-SK meets with creditors April 30, Prime Minister Robert Fico's government passed an overhaul to insolvency laws coupled…

Abada Capoeira to perform with Elledanse dancers

Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between April 24 and May 3, including  dance event, two coffee fests, jazz award gala, May Day celebration, teamsters' race and more.

Prime Minister Robert Fico

Poll: Smer's popularity falling

IF a general election had been held in mid April, the governing Smer party would still win with 34.7 percent of the vote, but this is down slightly from the month before according to the latest opinion poll carried…