BALTIMORE, MD – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week is spearheading an extensive demonstration of the state and federal radiological emergency response assets from the National Capital Region that can be deployed during an emergency.
The demonstrations of radiological emergency assets – emergency vehicles and other resources available for emergency response – will take place during the Health Physics Society’s annual meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center on July 15-16.
“This event is a great opportunity for observers to meet the men and women who would be the first to respond during a radiological emergency and learn about the capabilities available to the region,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “We are fortunate to have dedicated professionals who are truly leaders in this field and are available at a moment’s notice to assist the region and nation.”
Demonstrations and exhibits include the DOE/NNSA Radiological Assistance Program and Aerial Measuring System assets based at nearby Joint Base Andrews, the National Guard Bureau’s 32nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) based in Maryland, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s mobile environmental laboratory from Montgomery, Ala. In addition, the DOE/NNSA helicopter, which is based at nearby Joint Base Andrews, will be on display along with the Department of Homeland Security Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Mobile Detection Deployment Units, vehicles from the Maryland National Guard Bureau’s 32nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, units from the U.S. Army’s 20th Support Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives), and additional Maryland state and local radiological/nuclear detection assets.
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.