Low Population Zone Law and Legal Definition

According to 10 CFR 50.2 [Title 10 – Energy; Chapter I -- Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Part 50 -- Domestic Licensing Of Production and Utilization Facilities; General Provisions], low population zone means “the area immediately surrounding the exclusion area which contains residents, the total number and density of which are such that there is a reasonable probability that appropriate protective measures could be taken in their behalf in the event of a serious accident. These guides do not specify a permissible population density or total population within this zone because the situation may vary from case to case. Whether a specific number of people can, for example, be evacuated from a specific area, or instructed to take shelter, on a timely basis will depend on many factors such as location, number and size of highways, scope and extent of advance planning, and actual distribution of residents within the area.”