DENTON, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region VI. the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Region IV, the Division of Emergency Management (DEM), Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Bureau of Radiation Control (BRC), Texas Department of Health, are hosting an annual workshop in Galveston for radiological emergency workers.
The list of speakers reads like a "Who's Who" of radiological workers. Topics include NRC and FEMA updates, ingestion pathway exercises, FBI response, U.S.Food and Drug Administration's protective action guides, nationalization of CHER-CAP (hazmat exercise program), challenges to emergency preparedness, TX WIPPTREX (radiological waste exercise), EPA's role in counter-terrorism, Plume-in-a-Box, and integrated emergency response. Additional reports, studies, and exercises will be discussed.
Officials from low-level waste (Waste Isolation Pilot Project in New Mexico) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory will discuss their operations.
Federal Departments participating in the workshop include the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Interior, and Transportation (Federal Aviation Administration). Other agencies include FEMA, NRC, Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The workshop is expected to attract federal, state, and local representatives including personnel from five nuclear power plant sites located in FEMA Region VI and the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station at Port Gibson, Mississippi, the PANTEX facility in Texas, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) in New Mexico.
The day and a half workshop begins Wednesday, February 2, at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston.