August 2011 – EPA’s Response to Fukushima Japan Nuclear Emergency

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An introduction to EPA’s Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA)

  • Who we are
  • Our role in radiological emergency response

EPA’s response to the Fukushima Japan nuclear incident

  • RadNet monitoring program
  • What we found

EPA’s Radiation Emergency Response Program

  • Personnel from ORIA and our regional radiation counterparts contribute to radiation emergency response by providing:
  • Leadership of U.S. domestic response to foreign incidents, support for responses under Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex of National Response Framework
  • Support to OSCs and Special Teams under National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP)
  • Advice to the EPA Emergency Coordinator (OSWER/OEM) on radiation

ORIA Homeland Security/Radiological Emergency Response Program

  • Center for Radiological Emergency Management
  • Nuclear Incident Response Team
  • Protective Action Guides (PAGs)
  • Radiological Emergency Response Team (RERT)
    • Technical advice and assistance related to: prevention; containment; cleanup; and recovery from a radiological incident
    • Provide advice on protective measures
    • Perform assessments of dose and impact of any release
    • Conduct monitoring, sampling, laboratory analyses and data assessments to assess and characterize environmental impacts
  • Regional Support Roles
    • Regional RERT Liaison – Coordinates between the regional radiation program and the RERT
    • Regional Radiation Advisor – Provides radiological technical advice to the regional OSC, management, and personnel
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