WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently met with officials in Hanoi, Vietnam to discuss ways to help improve emergency management structure as the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) moves forward with plans to develop a nuclear power supply. Instruction in plume modeling was also taught during the meeting.
“I am pleased that NNSA emergency personnel were able to meet with Vietnamese officials to help enhance their emergency management systems,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “The sharing of knowledge and expertise with other countries demonstrates our commitment to support our international partners while delivering on President Obama’s nuclear security objectives.”
NNSA discussed a variety of topics including: emergency plan development, air monitoring, plume modeling, emergency management concept of operations, and training. In addition to instructing representatives of VARANS Technical Support Center in plume modeling, NNSA demonstrated specialized radiological detection equipment to technical experts from VARANS and the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology.
One outcome of the meeting was agreement to conduct both medical and search training in Vietnam in August 2012.
NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations with projects ranging from providing assistance to foreign governments in improving their emergency preparedness and response programs, to joint collaborative activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.
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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. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce 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.