WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) last week conducted an International Consequence Management (I-CM) training course in Hanoi, Vietnam, as part of Vietnam’s preparation for building a nuclear power plant. In addition, NNSA is assisting Vietnam to set up an emergency operations center and graphic information system to assist with sharing information during an emergency.
The course, hosted by the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS), had 15 participants representing VARANS, and other organizations who have responsibility for response to a nuclear/radiological incident/accident under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
“The training is part of the many positive steps Vietnam and VARANS are taking in establishing a nuclear and radiological emergency management system prior to building a nuclear power plant,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “I am pleased that NNSA is able to continue our partnership with Vietnam in helping to improve its emergency management structure.”
The I-CM training course provided 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. Participants also received hands-on equipment training in techniques for monitoring as well as instruction in data collection and analysis.
The training was 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 center for advanced technologies, focused on the scientific, technological, and operational disciplines necessary to ensure the success of national security missions.
One of NNSA’s primary missions is to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear testing. In addition, NNSA provides the United States government’s primary capability for radiological and nuclear emergency response and for providing security to the nation from the threat of nuclear terrorism. With this expertise, NNSA provides nuclear emergency response support to local law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and emergency responders in other countries.
NNSA currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations, with projects ranging from providing assistance in improving 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.