Radiological Emergency Response Workshop for Water and Wastewater Facilities

New Hampshire is taking strides to consider the implications and ramifications for their water systems in the event of a radiological incident.  The state drinking water security coordinator (Johnna McKenna) and the state senior planning program engineer (Rick Skarinka) are partnering to host an emergency response workshop for radiological emergencies on September 14.

ASDWA will be sharing information about this effort as it develops in a 3 part event summary.  As far as we know, this is the first state exercise to focus on radiological emergencies for water and wastewater systems.  The italicized paragraphs below (Part 1) set the stage as to why New Hampshire is interested in a radiological emergency exercise.  Part 2 will share the agenda for the workshop and Part 3 of this series will reflect any lessons learned and/or recommended next steps for the state and its water and wastewater systems as a result of this workshop.  Part 1 (below) captures the information that has been used to invite water and wastewater systems to participate in the workshop:

New Hampshire has two nuclear facilities located within and just outside its borders.  Taking that into account and the recent events in Japan, it is important for water and wastewater utilities to know what they would do during a radiological event.  Therefore, the NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau is pleased to [announce] a free Radiological Emergency Response workshop for municipal drinking water and wastewater facilities in New Hampshire that are within 50 miles of the Seabrook Station and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Facilities and within 10 miles in Vermont and Massachusetts.

This is a great opportunity to learn about radiological events, response efforts at the local, state and federal level, and to participate in table top discussions.  Water and wastewater operators that complete the entire seminar will be awarded 6 training contact hours.

So, stay tuned as Johnna and Rick host and manage the exercise and report back on lessons learned!

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