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Emergency Planning

Under the Civil Contingencies Act the Council has a statutory duty to ensure the resilience of the Council’s response to a ‘major incident’ and a ‘major Incident stand-by.’   Halton Borough Council’s Major Emergency Plan demonstrates the arrangements that are in place to assist in the response to such incidents efficiently and effectively.

The Council has undertaken an assessment of the risks facing Halton and has put in place emergency plans to mitigate the effects of incidents occurring. 
At the time of an incident the Council acts in support of the emergency services and aims wherever possible to lessen the effects of the incident on the people,
property and the environment in Halton and to assist with the restoration of normality.

All sensitive information has been removed from this document.

Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations

The Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations applies mainly to the chemical industry, but also to some storage activities, explosives, nuclear sites and other industries where the threshold for quantities of dangerous substances identified in the Regulations are stored or used.

To ensure the safety of the community, Halton Borough Council, as the Local Authority, has a statutory duty to write and test an external plan for sites covered by these Regulations.

To ensure the community are aware what actions to take in the event of a major accident on the site, a safety letter and information is sent out every 5 years to the community around the site. This is known as the Public Information Zone (PIZ).

There are currently 8 COMAH sites in Halton, where 6 sites form Runcorn Site COMAH Operators

Runcorn Site COMAH Operators

  • INOVYN ChlorVinyls Ltd
  • INEOS Enterprises Ltd
  • Vynova Runcorn Ltd
  • Mexichem Fluor Ltd
  • Runcorn MCP Ltd
  • Packed Chlorine Ltd

Information for residents

ICoNiChem Widnes Ltd, formerly Shepherd Widnes Ltd

Information for residents

Univar Ltd, Widnes

Information for residents

Emerald Kalama Chemical Ltd , Dans Road, Widnes

Information for residents

​Cross Border COMAH Site

Vertellus Specialities Ltd, Lower Bank Road, Widnes, is a Upper Tier COMAH Site, which is located close to the boundary of Halton. The site has a responsibility to ensure local residents and businesses receive safety information, who are located within the Public Information Zone (PIZ) of the site. Due to the close proximity of the site to Halton, a number of residents and business will receive this safety information.

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