Office for Nuclear Regulation

Technical Advisory Panel Terms of Reference, Aircraft Crash Hazard Assessment

Release date: 22 August 2012

Release of information under Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Following a request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, ONR released the following. If copies of these documents are required, please contact


Environmental Information Request Reference No: 2012080283

Thank you for your request which was received on 15/8/2012 when you asked us for information about:

Referring to the recently circulated (20 July 2012) ONR Technical Advisory Panel Terms of Reference, Aircraft Crash Hazard Assessment (copy attached for your ease of reference) and specifically to the Proposed Technical Areas and Sub Topics of page 2, please identify which of the sub-items 1 a) to k), if any, is to include for and/or consider:

  1. assessment of structural, impact and/or fire/explosive damage to the nuclear plants and supporting services;
  2. the continuing safe operation, moving through to shut down and maintaining a stable shut down of the nuclear plant (and continuing containment if it is already in a state of permanent shut down and partial decommissioning);
  3. assessment of all components of any mode of radioactive release, the dispersion and deposition in the off-site domain in the aftermath;
  4. the capability of the present off-site emergency arrangements, as required by the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001;
  5. the immediate, interim and longer-term radiological impact and/or consequences of such a radioactive release; and
  6. if the incident is to include for malevolent act, such as terrorist attack, sabotage, etc., or is to be limited to accidental occurrences.

I can confirm that your request is being dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). However I have established that under EIR we do not hold the information requested, however the answer to your question is the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) currently being set up as detailed in the Terms of Reference, does not include any of the items listed in points 1 to 5 of your letter. Under Point 6, the TAP is only to consider accidental aircraft impact.

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