NNSA/NV Consequence Management Capabilities for Radiological Emergency Response


D. R. Bowman, D. M. Daigler


The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Operations Office (NNSA/NV) provides an integrated Consequence Management (CM) response capability for the (NNSA) in the event of a radiological emergency. This encompasses planning, technical operations, and home team support. As the lead organization for CM planning and operations, NNSA/NV coordinates the response of the following assets during the planning and operational phases of a radiological accident or incident: 1) Predictive dispersion modeling through the Atmospheric Release Advisory Capability (ARAC) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the High Consequence Assessment Group at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL); 2) Regional radiological emergency assistance through the eight Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) regional response centers; 3) Medical advice and assistance through the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center /Training Site (REAC/TS) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; 4) Aerial radiological mapping using the fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft of the Aerial Measuring System (AMS); and 5) Consequence Management Planning Teams (CMPT) and Consequence Management Response Teams (CMRT) to provide CM field operations and command and control. Descriptions of the technical capabilities employed during planning and operations are given below for each of the elements comprising the integrated CM capability.


This abstract was presented at the 36th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Radiation Safety Aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Response", Environmental Detection and Considerations in Homeland Defense Session, 1/26/2003 - 1/29/2003, held in San Antonio, TX.

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