The Juzbado Factory Holds its Annual Emergency Drill

This morning, the Juzbado fuel assembly factory held the annual emergency drill, which took place from 10:40 am to 12:15 pm. On this occasion, there was a simulation of a 5 magnitude earthquake, which exceeds the shutdown value and requires the factory to reach stable, safe conditions.

The event commenced when a powder drum fell in the warehouse. This fall affected two people who at the moment were working with the drums and were externally contaminated. In addition, another two workers were injured and a rescue operation was required; they were subsequently cared for by the facility’s Medical Service.

As a result of the earthquake, the facility was evacuated and an intervention was planned in the powder warehouse to clean up the spilled material, which would be a post-emergency action. Once this was done, the drill came to an end and was considered to have taken place correctly and with normal results.

The drill is part of the Juzbado Interior Emergency Plan requirements. This type of action is periodically performed in nuclear facilities to check that the Emergency Organization functions correctly, that resources are available and that there is proper coordination with the involved organizations.

For more information, see the Nuclear Safety Council website where information on this drill is available: 

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