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NNSA helps out Vietnam

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The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) last week conducted an International Consequence Management (I-CM) training course in Hanoi, Vietnam, as part of Vietnam’s preparation for building a nuclear power plant. In addition, NNSA is assisting Vietnam to set up an emergency operations center and graphic information system to assist with sharing information during an emergency.
The course, hosted by the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS), had 15 participants representing VARANS, and other organizations who have responsibility for response to a nuclear/radiological incident/accident under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
“The training is part of the many positive steps Vietnam and VARANS are taking in establishing a nuclear and radiological emergency management system prior to building a nuclear power plant,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol. “I am pleased that NNSA is able to continue our partnership with Vietnam in helping to improve its emergency management structure.”
The I-CM training course provided attendees with information and data on means and methods for setting up and establishing a monitoring and assessment program following a nuclear/radiological incident or event. Participants also received hands-on equipment training in techniques for monitoring as well as instruction in data collection.