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The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REP Program) coordinates efforts to protect against and respond to incidents involving Millstone Nuclear Power Station located in Waterford, Connecticut.
The RIEMA REP Program follows federal guidance and policies to ensure capabilities exist to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from these radiological incidents.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) REP Program provides state, local and tribal governments with plans, training, guidance, and policies related to commercial nuclear power plant incidents.
Portions of Rhode Island are within the 50-mile Ingestion Exposure Pathway emergency planning zone (EPZ) of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station. An EPZ is a geographical area surrounding a commercial nuclear power plant for which specialized emergency planning is needed.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for the on-site emergency preparedness at all U.S. Nuclear Power Plants. FEMA has the lead role for off-site emergency planning and preparedness.
Participation in REP planning and preparedness adheres to the program requirements in 44 CFR Part 350 and the joint NRC/FEMA document NUREG 0654/FEMA-REP-1, as well as and the FEMA REP Program Manual. The REP Program Manual has specific planning standards outlined that apply to regulated entities, states, and communities. FEMA must review and evaluate state and local radiological emergency plans and preparedness measures. This oversight ensures reasonable assurance that appropriate protective measures to protect the health and safety of the public can be taken off-site in the event of a radiological incident.
The NRC has established an emergency classification system that indicates the level of risk to the public. There are four Emergency Classification Levels (ECLs):
Ingestion Pathway Preparation and Planning:
During a radiological emergency, state agencies will dispatch teams to collect a variety of samples and conduct tests to determine if contamination is present. If food and water become contaminated, some protective actions may be necessary. Specific information and instructions to carry out these actions, if required, will be provided through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) announcements and news releases from the Governor.
The RIEMA REP Program provides training and education regarding nuclear power plants and the ingestion pathway, including the basic effects of radiation and identification of possible preventative protective actions taken for food and water. FEMA evaluated exercises for the Ingestion Pathway Emergency Planning Zone are conducted every eight years.
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