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A CASE FOR STATE AND LOCAL INTEGRATION OF THE SEPARATE FEDERAL RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM

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Authors
Heckard, Matthew K.
Subjects
radiological
nuclear
REPP
energy
emergency
preparedness
risk
planning
radiation
health
power
regulatory
FEMA
NRC
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Woodbury, Glen L.
Morag, Nadav
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12
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis provides an overview and policy options analysis of offsite radiological emergency preparedness and response protocols for commercial nuclear power plants. This program is developed by the federal government and implemented by state and local government emergency management as the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP). The capabilities built under the separate REPP, if integrated within the wider emergency preparedness enterprise, could be properly accounted for and included in a community-wide assessment of its aggregate capabilities within its existing all-hazards program. The research question for this thesis addresses which benefits, shortfalls, and challenges emerge from the integration of the hazard-specific emergency preparedness and response program established under REPP with the all-hazards core capabilities and the National Preparedness System doctrine. The research design utilizes a logic model framework to facilitate the process of evaluating different policy options and approaches to an emergency preparedness and response program for nuclear power plants in the United States. The conclusion of the research is to augment the existing REPP protocol with a robust means to measure capability and performance, which is modeled as a policy proposal to use an oversight framework and measurable site-specific performance indicators tied to probabilistic risk assessment.
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