News item | 2010-07-05 | 16:10 PM

Forsmark strengthens its physical protection

Forsmark Kraftgrupp (Forsmark Power Group) agrees with The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s conclusions from the urgent investigation the Authority carried out after Green-peace’s break-in last month.

It was on 14 juni 2010 that Greenpeace activists forced their way into Forsmark’s nuclear power plant site in a peaceful yet still illegal action. On 2 July, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM, released the conclusions of its urgent investigation in a RASK report on the incident.

Summing up, the Authority’s report demonstrates that the break-in did not affect radiation safety. At the same time, the report points out the need for both the nuclear power plant and the authorities to review once again the presuppostions that lie behind the physical protection of the plants.

"The lessons we have learnt from this incident have already lead to a strengthen-ing of our physical protection. Amongst other measures, we have made it more difficult for vehicles to be used in this type of break-in", says the Communication Director for Forsmark Kraftgrupp, Claes-Inge Andersson.

SSM states in its report that the incident did not affect Forsmark’s perimeter protection, a conclusion that Forsmark Kraftgrupp agrees with. However, SSM notes that the fact that the activists were able to get all the way up onto the roof of Forsmark 2 highlights a possible weakness in the physical protection.

"We agree with that conclusion. At the time of this incident, there were several scaffolds placed around the reactor building. The scaffolds were used by Green-peace to get up onto the roof of Forsmark 2, which is, of course, an important les-son to learn. The scaffolds were being used during the strengthening of the physi-cal protection but the most important thing is that our perimeter protection worked", says Claes-Inge Andersson.

Consequently, SSM directs no criticism towards Forsmark but points out, amongst other things, several opportunities for improvement and the need for analyses. Even though Fors-mark’s own efforts worked well, instructions and routines must always be in tune with reality.

"The world around us changes and we change with it. Our instructions and rou-tines are being constantly developed to meet the needs identified from actual inci-dents. Both we and SSM will, of course, continue to analyse different opportuni-ties for improvement in our future work", says Claes-Inge Andersson.