For two days, from June 13th to the 14th, the joint emergency drill was held at the Kori Nuclear Power Site. The purpose of the scenario-based drill was to practice responding to a radiation leakage accident. Around 2,000 local residents participated in the drill based on the scenario supposing the nuclear accident of the Kori #2 caused by a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami.
The regulatory personnel from the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission and KINS joined the drill with the related organizations such as Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, National Radiation Emergency Medical Center, Busan Metropolitan Government, Gyeongsangnam-do Provincial Government, and regional military, police, fire-fighting and educational authorities, etc.
For the joint drill, KINS introduced a newly formed Radiation Protection Technical Support Team (RPTST) which dispatched a team of 17 experts to the head office and another consisting of 22 experts to the field radiation protection command center. The mission of the experts was to provide technical support activities including accident analysis methods, radiation influence consulting, and environmental radiation monitoring.
Overall, the training was comprised of an introduction to radiation leakage as well as practical courses on how to operate a relief center for victims; how to detect, measure and analyze radioactivity using a mobile radiation emergency clinic; and also how to properly transport people exposed to radiation to emergency medical facilities.
The regulatory ability to respond to emergency situations is expected to be strengthened by providing this drill repetitively to residents in the vicinity of nuclear power plants.