NNSA Continues to Assist Vietnam in Enhancing its Nuclear/Radiological Emergency Program

Press Release
Aug 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is conducting emergency management workshops in Vietnam to help enhance the nuclear/radiological emergency program of Vietnam emergency response personnel.

The workshops hosted by the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) were conducted in Ninh Thuan this week and in Hanoi last week. The workshop in Ninh Thuan included 60 participants representing the Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Management Board; Headquarters and Ninh Thuan regional representatives of VARANS; Ninh Thuan regional representatives of the Ministries of Environment, Public Security, and Defense; and Ninh Thuan Provincial and local response personnel. The Hanoi workshop included 40 participants representing VARANS; the Ministries of Science and Technologies, Health, Environment, Public Security, and Defense; and Provincial and local response personnel.

Both workshops were opened by Joseph J. Krol, Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations, who commended Vietnam and VARANS for their initiative in developing an emergency preparedness and response program during the construction of their nuclear power plant (NPP).

“The development of a full national nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response program during the construction of their nuclear power plant will ensure an effective program is in place prior to initiation of their NPP,” said Krol. “Our cooperation with Vietnam will establish a nuclear/radiological response capability in the southeast Asian area.”

The workshops are being conducted by personnel from NNSA, NSTec’s Remote Sensing Laboratory at Joint Base Andrews and Nellis Air Force Base, and Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, with support provided by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  

‪NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations currently collaborates with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations with projects ranging from providing assistance to foreign governments in improving their emergency preparedness and response programs to joint collaborative activities that improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.

In addition to NNSA’s primary mission to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear testing, the agency provides the United States government’s primary capability for radiological and nuclear emergency response and for providing security to the nation from the threat of nuclear terrorism. With this expertise, NNSA provides nuclear emergency response support to local law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and emergency responders in other countries.

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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. 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 U.S. and abroad.