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NNSA Hosts 26 Countries for Nuclear Emergency Response Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today that it recently completed an International Search and Consequence Management workshop in Las Vegas, Nev. Through this first of its kind workshop, NNSA brought together 92 officials from 26 countries and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to interact with NNSA experts to improve understanding of the processes and techniques used by the U.S. for nuclear and radiological incidents.

“This workshop is part of NNSA’s broader effort to build and enhance the global capacity to prevent and respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies, and it directly supports the aims of Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “NNSA’s expanded cooperation with foreign partners builds on momentum from President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington in April.”

The four-day workshop in Las Vegas took place from May 17 to 20. It was an interactive process in which equipment, procedures and techniques were demonstrated, and participants were able to operate and discuss them with NNSA experts. The workshop activities included demonstrations of NNSA’s radiological search equipment and techniques, set up and operation of the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC) to address consequence management, geographic information systems, and medical response to nuclear and radiological emergencies.

With more than 60 years of expertise in handling, securing and detecting nuclear material, NNSA is uniquely equipped to share expertise and collaborate with foreign counterparts on these global security issues. To date, NNSA has worked with emergency response organizations in more than 80 countries and nine international organizations to address potential radiological emergencies and nuclear incidents. This international cooperation involves technical exchanges, mutual training events, jointly conducted exercises and emergency management assistance.

For more information on NNSA’s Emergency Operations international programs, click 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.