Nuclear Crisis Management Exercise Launched in Sweden

It started with a simulated “sudden stop” last week at two of three nuclear reactors in southeastern Sweden, but an extensive nuclear disaster exercise will last until April and involve some 6,000 people from 70 government and emergency agencies, businesses and police.

"We have nuclear power in Sweden and have the mission as an authority to make sure we are well prepared, regardless of what happens," Helena Lindberg, the director general of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, told The Swedish Wire.

The exercise scenario, which had been planned since November 2009, will include a simulated nuclear waste accident that would force authorities to plan for evacuations and increased communication with the public. A report evaluating the exercise’s effectiveness is due in November or December.

It was prompted by a 2007 report by the Swedish National Audit Office which found that "government agencies responsible have not ensured ... a good level of preparedness for managing the consequences of an accident at a Swedish nuclear power plant," according to Swedish Wire.

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