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NNSA Officials Observe Russian Nuclear Emergency Response Exercise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Emergency Operations recently traveled to Russia to observe the “Arctic 2010” emergency response exercise.

The exercise, which took place at a shipyard near Murmansk in late July, was intended to test the preparedness of Russian emergency response forces to mitigate the effects of a potential radiological emergency.

“This exercise symbolizes cooperation between the United States and Russia and the importance our countries place on being prepared to respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies,” said NNSA's Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol, who was part of the observation team. “NNSA’s emergency response capabilities include some of the world’s top professionals and cutting-edge technology, and we are pleased to be able to share that expertise with and learn from our international partners.”

The exercise was conducted under the auspices of the Joint Coordinating Committee for Radiation Effects Research, a bilateral government group representing agencies from the United States and the Russian Federation tasked with coordinating scientific research on the health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation in the Russian Federation from the production of nuclear weapons.

NNSA currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and ten 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. Learn more about NNSA's emergency response program here.

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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.