Radiological Emergency Preparedness

Office of Emergency Management
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Radiological Emergency Preparedness
ABOUT RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

 

The New York State Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program coordinates with various State agencies, nuclear counties, and fixed site nuclear power plants to ensure the safety of its residents.

New York State is home to four fixed site nuclear power plants covering seven counties, as well as two low-level Naval nuclear facilities.  One county within New York State is within 10 miles of a fixed site nuclear power plant in Connecticut.

The REP Program plans, trains, and exercises with shareholders in compliance with State Executive Law Article 2-B, and develops exercises following mandated criteria of NUREG-0654 and the FEMA REP Program Manual.  The REP Program relies on effective technology to communicate and evaluate notifications and safety precautions as required.  The REP Program also purchases, maintains, and calibrates radiological detection equipment to detect, monitor, and record the presence of radioactive materials.

The REP Program maintains the Radiological Hazards Annex for Fixed Nuclear Facilities to the NYS Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan to support the program procedures.

Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program Responsibilities

Steady State Operations

During Steady State Operations, the REP Program is responsible for maintaining many elements, including the following:

  • Test and update all plant data connections in the assessment and evaluation room;
  • Ensure the State OEM REP instrument shop certifications and safety classes are performed;
  • Maintain inventory and proper calibration of all NYS radiation detection equipment;
  • Coordinate with counties to ensure proper public information has been provided;
  • Track nuclear shipments in NYS; and,
  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct federally evaluated radiological exercises.

 

Emergency Response Activations

During Radiological Emergency Response Activations, the REP Program is responsible for the following:

  • Coordination between the State, the licensee, and the counties to ensure the safety of all residents;
  • Ensure that emergency worker and reception centers are operational;
  • Ensures that correct and accurate information is supplied to the general public;
  • Assists localities in the evacuation of their impacted populations; and,
  • In both radiological and non-radiological events, the REP Program supports the activities of the State Emergency Operations Center.
Joint Information Center

The Joint Information Center (or JIC) provides a single location for stakeholders to disseminate official information on plant conditions and emergency response actions during a radiological event.

There are three JICs in NYS; one each in Oswego, Wayne, and Westchester counties. In the event of an emergency at a nuclear power plant, emergency alert broadcasts will be conducted via television and radio.

The purpose of the broadcast is to notify impacted residents of pertinent information and recommended actions to be taken. Information regarding the safety and handling of food, water, and livestock will be provided through press releases and briefings from local officials.
New York State Nuclear Power plant with Emergency Planning Zones
NYS Power Plants

The above map displays the nuclear power plants that could impact New York State. The black dot represents the facility, the smaller circle depicts the 10 Mile Emergency Planning Zone, and the larger circle depicts the 50 Mile Ingestion Exposure Pathway.

Radiological Hazards Annex for Fixed Nuclear Facilities
The purpose of the New York State Radiological Hazards Annex for Fixed Nuclear Facilities is to minimize the health risk of the State's residents in the event of a radiological emergency such as an accident at a nuclear power plant.

Nuclear Power Plants in New York State

Indian Point is located in Buchanan, NY in Westchester County, and is operated by Holtec.  In April 2021, Indian Point was officially closed and began the decommissioning process.  This process is expected to take several years to complete.

Nine Mile Point and James A. Fitzpatrick are located in Scriba, NY in Oswego County.  They contain three reactors that are operated by Constellation.  Nine Mile Unit 1 is a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Nuclear Power Plant with an output of 620 MW.  Nine Mile Unit 2 is a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Nuclear Power Plant with an output of 1148 MW.  James A. Fitzpatrick is a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Nuclear Power Plant with an output of 838 MW.

  • Learn more about how you can be prepared in the event of an emergency.

R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is located in Ontario, NY in Wayne County and is operated by Constellation,  R.E. Ginna is a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) Nuclear Power Plant with an output of 583 MW.

  • Learn more about how you can be prepared in the event of an emergency in Monroe County.
  • Learn more about how you can be prepared in the event of an emergency in Wayne County.
Radiation Emergency Information
Radiation Emergency Information for New York State Residents

This booklet is designed for all New York State residents who live within 10 miles of a fixed-site nuclear power plant.  This booklet describes steps to prevent contamination, ensure the safety of food and water supplies, and protect impacted populations.

Radiation Emergency Information for the Agricultural Community

This booklet is designed to inform the agricultural community who live within 50 miles of a fixed-site nuclear power plant regarding protective actions that may need to be taken in a radiological emergency.  This booklet also contains information on public notification and recommended actions to be taken.

CONTACT US
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