Meeting Radiological Protection and Recovery Needs of Homeland Security


S. J. Bossart, M. S. O'Connell, W. J. Lupichuk, C. J. Stevenson, D. B. Young


11 September 2001 heightened our awareness for the need to enhance our "homeland" security. Leading government organizations are pressing to minimize the consequences of such attacks, especially in the event that radiological or hazardous materials are used. Both preventative measures and the "aftermath" cleanup must be addressed to do this effectively. This paper showcases technologies evaluated under U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Environmental Management (EM) Program and used for cleaning up the weapons complex, that are directly applicable to the needs of Homeland Security. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is at the forefront of technology deployment aimed at reducing cost of clean up, shortening schedules and enhancing safety. NETL is also contributing to the development of a roadmap/program plan for protection of the nation's energy infrastructure┬ů an underpinning for all other infrastructures. A similar technology integration role must be played to ensure the availability of the most effective technologies for preventive and recovery operations for Homeland Security.


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

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