NNSA Emergency Operations Teams Enhance Radiological Security for Pittsburgh G-20 Summit

Press Release
Sep 25, 2009

PITTSBURGH, PA. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) deployed emergency operations personnel to support the United States Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with nuclear and radiological security for the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. As the nation's premier responder to nuclear or radiological incidents within the United States or abroad, NNSA works collaboratively with federal, state and local agencies to enhance security for major national security events.

"Because of our expertise in handling, securing and detecting nuclear material over the last sixty years, NNSA is uniquely equipped to share our expertise for major national security events," said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. "This week's cooperation with the FBI and Secret Service is an example of the return our nation gets on its investment in nuclear security. We were proud to do our part, putting that expertise to work protecting leaders from around the world."

NNSA deployed members of its Radiological Assistance Program, which provide teams of of nuclear scientists and health physicists equipped to conduct radiological search, monitoring, and assessment activities. The Nuclear Radiological Advisory Team with nuclear and radiological subject matter expertise was also deployed to assist with the detection and identification of radiological materials.

One part of NNSA's mission is to protect the public, environment, and emergency responders from both terrorist and non-terrorist events by providing a responsive, flexible, efficient, and effective radiological emergency response framework and capability for the nation. This mission is accomplished by applying NNSA's unique technical expertise residing within the Department of Energy's national laboratories.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.

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