After the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, and the moratorium on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes by popular referendum in 1987, Italy interrupts the activity of its power plants and develop a first version of the National Plan for nuclear emergencies.
Despite the closure of nuclear power plants in Italy, the attention on nuclear risk remains high, especially for the presence of nuclear plants in foreign territory, less than 200 km from the national border. In this range, there are currently thirteen active nuclear power plants in France, Switzerland, Germany and Slovenia.
The national plan for radiological emergencies, approved by Decree of the President of the Council of 19 March 2010, identifies and regulates the measures necessary to deal with incidents that occur in nuclear power plants outside the national territory, requiring an intervention coordinated at national level.
- September 12, 2011 - Nuclear event in France: the Department is monitoring the situation
Ongoing verifications of possibile risks in collaboration with Ispra, Fire Department and French authorities
- September 12, 2011 - Explosion in France: the Crisis Unit gathers at the Department
No risk for the population at the present time
- April 2, 2011 - Earthquake in Japan: a second Italian team returned to Italy
Coordination between the Department and Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health carries on from Italy
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- Dpcm del 23 marzo 2011: dichiarazione dello stato di criticità per gli eventi sismici in Giappone
- Dpcm del 19 marzo 2010: approvazione del piano nazionale delle misure protettive contro le emergenze radiologiche
- Dpcm del 10 febbraio 2006: Linee guida per la pianificazione di emergenza per il trasporto di materie radioattive e fissili
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