WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that the NNSA Office of Emergency Operations is conducting an International Consequence Management (I-CM) training course this week for the international community in Vienna, Austria.
The I-CM training course will provide attendees with information and data on means and methods for setting up and establishing a monitoring and assessment program following a nuclear/radiological incident or event. The training course will also include hands on equipment training in techniques for monitoring and data collection and analysis.
Hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency and following a course that was conducted in Vienna last fall, NNSA is providing the training to 33 participants from 27 countries.
“This training is part of NNSA’s broader effort to build and enhance nuclear emergency management systems worldwide,” said Joseph Krol, NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations. “This international course provides commonly accepted methods and lessons learned by NNSA responders in Japan during the Fukushima incident.”
Krol opened the session yesterday providing information on NNSA Emergency Operations capabilities and NNSA’s response to the Fukushima incident last year.
The training is provided by personnel from NNSA and the Remote Sensing Lab (RSL), managed by National Security Technologies at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The RSL is a national leader in radiological emergency response, nuclear and radiological detection, and related technology and electronics development.
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. NNSA collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations around the world. Projects range from providing assistance to foreign governments in improving their emergency preparedness and response programs, to joint collaborative activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.
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.