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Kalmar ready for nuclear accident scenario

Published måndag 31 januari 2011 kl 14.01
"It is a tense situation"
(3:43 min)
A simulation exercise dealing with a nuclear accident takes place on Wednesday.Photo:Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix

On Wednesday over 6,000 people will take part in an emergency training exercise to test out Sweden's response to an accident at a nuclear power plant.

The simulated exercise at Oskarshamn nuclear plant is designed to test society's capability in dealing with the short and long term consequences of a nuclear power emergency.

It all starts with an accident at the Oskarshamn nuclear power part on the southeast coast . The country is in the grip of an icy winter and electricty prices are running at record levels. The Swedish public and the country's infrastructure and power supplies are all badly affected.

The frightening scenario, which is the largest ever civil training execise in Sweden, is a joint venture between the MSB, the authority in charge of civil emergency planning in the county and the County Administrative Board of Kalmar.

Erik Gadgsen, who works for the county adminstrative board of Kalmar and is responsible for off site emergency planning at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant told Radio Sweden that the exercise is divided into three phases.

"Phase 1 deals with the initial phase of the accident and its immediate impact;phase 2 focuses on long term crisis management and phase 3 will feature a number of seminars reviewing the whole simulation and discovering whether any lessons can be learnt in the event of a real nuclear accident."

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