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U.S. and South Africa Cooperate on Nuclear Emergency Response Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the completion of cooperative nuclear emergency response training with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA). The week-long effort included training in radiological assistance for emergency response, major public event venue searches, geographic information systems, and medical responses to nuclear and radiological emergencies. This training is part of the preparation for upcoming World Cup games, hosted by South Africa in June 2010.

“NNSA’s work with South Africa is part of our broader effort to build and enhance the global capacity to prevent and respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “NNSA’s cooperation with South Africa will help ensure the nuclear security of major events like the World Cup games.”

As part its emergency operations mission, NNSA provides support for major public events by training officials in nuclear incident search and response.

With more than sixty 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 75 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.

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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.