Torness nuclear power station sits only 30 miles east of Edinburgh near Dunbar in East Lothian, meaning there is the slimmest of slim chances that the city could one day be hit with deadly radioactive fallout. It might come as a surprise to find that a historic city like Edinburgh has a complex plan in place to protect residents in the event of full nuclear catastrophe. Torness nuclear power station sits only 30 miles east of Edinburgh near Dunbar in East Lothian and so there is the slimmest of slim chances – the city could one day be hit with deadly radioactive fallout. Last year dangerous cracks were found inside reactors at The Hunterston B nuclear power plant near Ardrossan. Despite this the probability of a full-scale nuclear meltdown remains low, though consequences could be incredibly severe. That is perhaps why authorities have devised a highly detailed step by step action plan in the event the Torness plant was to experience a major disaster on the scale of Chernobyl in 1986. Staying indoors and closing all windows are some of the more obvious instructions issued in the hefty document. Perhaps lesser known is the fact staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh have been assigned to work alongside the SAS decontaminating casualties in the event of an nuclear incident. Here’s a closer look at East Lothian’s publicly-accessible nuclear fallout strategy – which gives clear and concise instruction about what people should do in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency. The emergency masterplan – written up in consultation with Edinburgh City Council and Office for Nuclear Regulation – can be found on the East Lothian council’s website.
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