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NNSA ensures that capabilities are in place to respond to any NNSA and Department of Energy facility emergency. It is also the nation's premier responder to any nuclear or radiological incident within the United States or abroad and provides operational planning and training to counter both domestic and international nuclear terrorism.

Develops policy (Department of Energy (DOE) Orders) and guidance (DOE Guides) for NNSA on:

  •     Hazardous Materials Programs for Fixed Facilities/Sites
  •     Weapon and Non-Weapon Transportation Programs


  •     DOE O 151.1  contains specific requirements for implementing and maintaining emergency management programs
  •     DOE G 151.1  provides an acceptable approach for the development and accomplishment of the key emergency management activities: planning, preparedness, readiness assurance, and response.

Current Policy/Guidance Activities:

  •     Development of Temporary Emergency Exposure Levels (TEELs)
  •     Development/adoption of protective action criteria for biological hazards
  •     Development of Consequence Assessment Software Toolbox
  •     Modifications to hazardous materials screening methodology
  •     Update of approach for developing Emergency Action Levels (EALs)
  •     Additional guidance for including malevolent events in Emergency Planning Hazards Assessments (EPHAs)

Other activities:

  •     Support development & presentation of training
  •     Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group (EMISIG)
  •     Representative to interagency and international emergency management activities
    • Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee
    • National Response Team
    • Homeland Security Working Groups