WASHINGTON, D.C. – A team of experts from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is supporting the overall conduct of preventative radiological/nuclear detection (PRND) during tonight’s Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.
NNSA is providing personnel and equipment resources over a six-day period to enhance security measures at the game.
“NNSA is well equipped to help enhance radiological/nuclear security at major events like the All-Star Game,” said Joseph J. Krol, Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations. “Monitoring the game is part of NNSA’s mission to protect the public, environment, and emergency responders from both terrorist and non-terrorist events. NNSA is fortunate to have an efficient and effective radiological emergency response team to keep the public safe, especially at large gatherings.”
The PRND operations include support personnel from NNSA’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP), the FBI Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT), Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Phoenix Fire and Police Departments.
NNSA teams are deployed more than 100 times a year, mainly within the U.S., and most are radiological search deployments. The deployments are based on intelligence, support of law enforcement, or planned events such as the MLB’s All-Star game, presidential inaugurations or political conventions.
For more information about NNSA’s Emergency Operations program see: http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/aboutus/ourprograms/emergencyoperationscounterterrorism
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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.