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1 National Radiological Emergency Preparedness: EPA Updates March 29, 2010 Presented by: Ron Fraass, Director NAREL

2 EPA’s Emergency Response Program Protect the public and the environment from immediate threats posed by the release or discharge of hazardous substance and oil spills. On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) EPA Special Teams State and Local Responders

3 Special Teams Environmental Response Team National Counter-terrorism Evidence Response Team National Decontamination Team Radiological Emergency Response Team Multiple Exercises/Training Events One Call Reaches All Call the one you know or use: National Response Center at 800 424-8802 or 202 267-2165 2

4 ERT – Las Vegas, Edison, Erlanger/Cincinnati, RTP RERT – Las Vegas, Montgomery, DC NDT – Erlanger, Edison, Cincinnati, Kansas City, RTP, DC NCERT – Denver, DC, Brunswick

5 Environmental Response Team (ERT) Mission: Support the nation’s response, cleanup and renewal of its contaminated land, water and air. Focus: “classic environmental” emergencies and more… Characterization Sampling / monitoring Hazard evaluation Risk Assessment Health & Safety Decon / disposal

6 National Counterterrorism Evidence Response Team (NCERT) Established in 2001 MISSION – To provide specialized law enforcement management of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents Focus : provide special agents for crime scene forensics and evidence collection in contaminated zones RNC 2004 NYC AMERITHRAX DC I RICIN INCIDENT DC

7 National Decontamination Team (NDT) Mission – to provide on-site scientific and technical expertise in response to incidences of national significance involving environmental contamination and acts of terrorism related to weapons of mass destruction. Focus: WMD agents Buildings, infrastructure, indoor environments, agriculture, environmental media Sampling Health and Safety Decontamination Waste Disposal Nature and extent of contamination

8 Radiological Emergency Response Team (RERT) Mission - leads or assists federal, state, tribal, and local response efforts before, during, and following a radiological incident Focus: Radiation monitoring & evaluation – Sampling / Monitoring, Lab analysis, – Hazard evaluation, Characterization, – Clean-up Decontamination, Risk Assessment, Waste disposal

9 Additions to Assets Improved Sample Preparation Trailer and MERL at Montgomery (NAREL/RERT) Major Sample Preparation Trailer--Las Vegas Replacing MERL trailer--Las Vegas Mobile Gamma Exposure/GPS Scanning System Updated ASPECT aircraft PHILIS units for CWA and Toxic Chemicals Completed Training for Radiation Task Force Leaders and additional Response Support Corps members 8

10 Laboratory Improvements Program to review commercial laboratory capacity and capabilities Training for Laboratory Technicians Training on MARLAP/MARSIM Newly developed rapid analysis procedures Documents for triage and sampling of water published, air sampling & method validation ready Pilot Program of 4 Cooperative Agreements to increase state radiation lab capacity/capability 9

11 National Monitoring 118 upgraded RadNet air monitoring sites 40 deployable RadNet monitors Continuing milk, rain-water, and water monitoring Envirofacts for historical RadNet laboratory data CDX ( for current hourly RadNet air data 10

12 Contact Information Ron Fraass Office: 334 270-3401 Cell: 334 549-9333 11

13 PHILIS Mobile Laboratories  On-site analysis of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and TICs using EPA (SAM) methods and state of the art instrumentation: GC/MS, LC/MS-MS, TOF-GC/MS  3 locations across the United States (NJ, KY, CO)  4-days of operations before refueling/restocking required  Training platform for the EPA’s evolving Laboratory Response Corps  “Dual-Use” deployment of both Superfund and INS  Will be part of the EPA’s Environmental Response Laboratory Network

14 ASPECT Airborne or Ground Chem & Rad Monitoring  Airborne or vehicle (rad only) monitoring of chemicals and radioisotopes via Aero Commander 680 FL aircraft platform or other ground vehicle  Time aloft: 4-6 hrs/ Range: 1,100 nautical miles  Standoff monitoring for plumes via state of the art high speed FTIR spectrometer  Thermal mapping via IR Line Scanner  Aerial digital photography capabilities  Radiation surveys via Gamma spectrometer  All data sets geo-spatially referenced (GPS)  Near real-time down load of data to Incident command

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