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Project Title: Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants

PIN: DELS-NRSB-12-01         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit:
Board on Energy & Environmental Systems DEPS
Committee on International Security and Arms Control
Office of the Foreign Secretaries
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board

Crowley, Kevin

Subject/Focus Area:
Energy and Energy Conservation; Engineering and Technology; Environment and Environmental Studies; Math, Chemistry, and Physics; Policy for Science and Technology

Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee of the Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants
May 17, 2013 - May 17, 2013
Web-based media/teleconference

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Darlene Gros
Phone: (202) 334-3066
Fax: (202) 334-3077


Lessons Learned From the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants

Meeting Topic: Emergency Preparedness
May 17, 2013
11:00AM-1:00PM EDT


Charles (Milt) Murray, Inspection and Regulatory Improvement Branch, Division of Preparedness and Response, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, U.S.NRC

Chad Gorman, Director, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Office, Response Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA

Harry Sherwood, Professional Services Branch Chief, Technological Hazards Division National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA


Goal 1:

Understand procedures that are in place at the beginning of a nuclear incident to consider emergency response

Goal 2:

Identify any lessons that FEMA believes have been learned from the Fukushima events related to emergency response, particularly lessons learned relevant to natural-disaster triggering of nuclear power plant accidents that may lead to extended community blackouts, conceivably multiple stresses, and releases or threats of releases at multiple sites. If there are relevant lessons identified by FEMA, understand how they are being incorporated into FEMA's programs.

Areas of interest for Goal 2:

• Training
• Review of emergency plans
• Communications with DHS, CDC, state and local authorities on protective actions such as:
o KI policy
o policies at evacuation centers
o relocation and return after evacuation

Sample Questions to FEMA:

• What changes has FEMA implemented in response to multiple events (as defined above)? What are the future plans?
• Are these changes plant-specific?
• Does FEMA see a different role they might be playing in the intermediate and long term phases of disaster relief?
• Does FEMA have any past or on-going formal process to review the Fukushima events for relevance to US emergency response? Does FEMA have a position on planning for low probability events such as the Fukushima accident?
• Has FEMA changed its thinking regarding evacuation on the one hand and sheltering/KI on the other?
• Who should be communicating with the public in Fukushima-type of accidents?
• Does FEMA have a policy, position or guidance on how early dose projections should be used to make protective action recommendations, given the very large uncertainties in the early phase?
• Is FEMA doing anything to address mental health issues that are nuclear-event specific (i.e., versus those mental health issues that arise in any disaster scenario)?

Webex link:

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Jan Beyea
Barbara Hamrick
Percy Beard
Frank von Hippel

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Open session
Follow-up requests for information
Report Draft

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: May 21, 2013