United States Joins NATO at Nuclear Emergency Response Workshop

Press Release
Nov 20, 2008

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) supported an international nuclear emergency response workshop that ended today in Brussels, Belgium.  More than 60 representatives from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), NATO member countries, the European Union, the United States and the former Soviet Union participated.

"This workshop shows that the world is united in its efforts to combat nuclear terrorism," said Joseph Krol, NNSA associate administrator for emergency operations at the exercise.

The Advanced Research Workshop on Threat Detection, Response and Consequence Management Associated with Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism was intended to bring together experts from a wide array of organizations that would respond to a potential nuclear or radiological incident.

Associate Administrator Krol gave an opening address on NNSA's work in this area.  He and other NNSA officials also demonstrated some of the equipment used as the nation's premier responder to any nuclear or radiological incident within the United States or abroad.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a separately organized 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 United States and abroad.

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