On December 7, 1979, following the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in Pennsylvania, President Carter transferred the federal lead role in offsite radiological emergency planning and preparedness activities from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to FEMA.
FEMA established the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program to (1) ensure the health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power plant accident and (2) inform and educate the public about radiological emergency preparedness.
REP Program responsibilities encompass only “offsite” activities, that is, state, tribal and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. Onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the NRC.
For information and access to documents related to this topic go to Regulations.gov - Docket ID FEMA-2012-0026.
October 29th –October 31st, 2013
A joint NRC/FEMA Writing Team is in the process of revising NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, “Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants.” The revision process will involve restructuring and streamlining the document to focus on the evaluation criteria relevant to both onsite and offsite emergency preparedness programs. The appendices and supplements of the document will be incorporated into the main body of NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, deleted entirely or relocated to new or existing NRC or FEMA guidance documents.
To initiate a dialog with stakeholders on the proposed changes being considered to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, the NRC and FEMA are hosting a series of public meetings from October 29th – October 31st in the NRC’s Rockville, MD Office. Draft sections highlighting proposed changes and additional information are posted on Regulations.gov in advance of the public meetings to better facilitate stakeholder participation in the meetings.
Understanding that many of our stakeholders have travel limitations, the meetings will be conducted virtually via GoToWebinar, which is an internet accessible program that works through the combination of a website and teleconference line. More meeting details will be available on the NRC public website, via the internet link below as the meeting dates approach. Any input received from stakeholders during the course of the meeting discussion will be considered as the writing teams continue the revision project. An opportunity for formal public comment will be offered once the draft guidance document is published for comment.
Additional meeting details will be made available at
NRC Headquarters - 11545 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards Room
Two White Flint North, Floor 2 Room B3
Discussion on Preliminary Draft Changes to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Planning Standard D – Emergency Classification System
Planning Standard F – Emergency Communications
Planning Standard G – Public Education and Information
Planning Standard N – Exercises and Drills
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Planning Standard A – Assignment of Responsibility
Planning Standard E – Notification Methods and Procedures
Planning Standard H – Emergency Facilities and Equipment
Planning Standard O – Radiological Emergency Response Training
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Planning Standard B – Onsite Emergency Organization
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Planning Standard I – Accident Assessment
Planning Standard J – Protective Response
Planning Standard M – Recovery and Reentry Planning and Post-accident Operations
Thursday, October 31, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Planning Standard C – Emergency Response Support and Resources
Planning Standard K – Radiological Exposure Control
Planning Standard L – Medical and Public Health Support
Planning Standard P – Responsibility for the Planning Effort: Development, Periodic Review and Distribution of Emergency Plans
- 2013 REP Manual Posted to the Library Page.
- Discussion on the Scope and Process for the Revision to NUREG 0654/FEMA-REP-1, NRC and FEMA representatives discussed the revision process and proposed changes to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1. Representatives from various stakeholder groups, reflecting the interests of state, local, industry and non-governmental organizations, provided insights and recommendations on the proposed revision. For Informatio contact your local Regional Assistance Committee (RAC) Chairperson.
- REPP Exercise Schedule (Updated January, 2013)
- Hostile Action Based (HAB) Drills
- New Alert and Notification Systems Page
- Evaluation Process for No/Minimal Release Scenarios in Biennial Exercises
The REPP Document Library contains Regulation, Policy and Guidance for the REP Program, inluding the recently updated REP Program Manual (RPM), Frequently Asked Questions and additional support documents. As soon as older documents are converted to digital versions and meet 508 Compliance standards, we will post them to our document library for public access.
- Technological Hazards Division Contact List
- Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex
- Nuclear Reactor Sites (NRC.gov)
- Hostile Action Drills (LLIS.gov)