The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) welcomes Stephen Agnew MLA submitting an Assembly question in to the Northern Ireland Government seeking its views on a recent Irish Government commissioned report which suggested a potential huge economic impact to the island of Ireland in the event of a nuclear accident at a British or French nuclear facility. The report by ESRI was originally pushed for by the NFLA’s representative to the Environment Protection Agency’s Radiation Issues Committee, Dr Paul Dorfman.
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Mass evacuations or a requirement for people to stay indoors for prolonged periods of time would not arise in the event of an accident at the Sellafield nuclear plant, a study has found. But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that the public could receive twice the average annual dose of radiation, and that strict food controls would be needed to avoid a spike in cancer rates over subsequent years. While emergency controls would be effective in reducing exposure and health risks, there would be “significant socio-economic implications and costs”, it added. This would include the loss of tourism and markets for seafood and farm produce because of consumer concerns, and the effects could last for “months and years”.
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