PAZ are to be included among new nuclear safety guidelines the government is drawing up in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Hosono said during a speech in Shiga prefecture on Saturday.
“We’ll introduce new guidelines called PAZ,” Hosono said. These will be areas where residents can get away in the event of something happening.”
The government is believed to be headed toward designating the areas in a radius of three to five kilometers (one-half to three miles) around nuclear reactors as PAZ.
The IAEA describes PAZ as being a “predesigned area around an installation where urgent protective actions have been preplanned and will be implemented immediately upon declaration of a general emergency.”
The aim of establishing PAZ is optimizing the limit of health risks that could arise in the event of a nuclear accident such as the ongoing case at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.