Rules on public information on radiation emergencies

Regulations intended to ensure that the public is informed about a potential or actual radiation emergency came into force throughout Britain on 1 January.1

The regulations implement a 1989 Euratom Directive, albeit 13 months beyond the deadline laid down. The Directive was drawn up in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, although the manner in which it has now been implemented in Britain suggests that it would be of little value in informing the public should a disaster of similar magnitude recur in or close to the UK.

The regulations contain two main requirements. The first o

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