US Army Corps of Engineers  Radiologically Contaminated Debris Removal Mission

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Outline of Topics. USACE organizationUSACE experience and capabilitiesNational Response PlanUSACE role in the NRPEmergency Support Functions

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1. US Army Corps of Engineers’ Radiologically Contaminated Debris Removal Mission Julie Clements, CHP Mid-America Chapter Health Physics Society October 6, 2006

2. Outline of Topics USACE organization USACE experience and capabilities National Response Plan USACE role in the NRP Emergency Support Functions #3 & #10 Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex Useful links

3. USACE Organization Major Army command (MACOM) Organized geographically into 8 Divisions in the US and 41 Districts worldwide USACE missions Water resources - Homeland security Environment - Warfighting Infrastructure Support/manage numerous environmental programs e.g., EPA-Superfund, BRAC, FUSRAP, FUDS Lead by the Chief of Engineers a staff Officer at the PentagonLead by the Chief of Engineers a staff Officer at the Pentagon

4. USACE Experience and Capabilities Most work performed IAW CERCLA and its implementing regulation the NCP Often as Lead Federal Agency Responding to releases at DOD and FUSRAP sites USACE environmental restoration work averages > $1 billion/yr At an NPL site, for ex, EPA oversees USACE actions At an NPL site, for ex, EPA oversees USACE actions

5. USACE Experience and Capabilities Generate large volumes of LARW Common radionuclides: U, Ra, Th, 11e.(1) Physical form: soil or building debris Also have a significant role in the NRPAlso have a significant role in the NRP

6. National Response Plan An all-dicipline, all-hazards plan that establishes a single, comprehensive framework for domestic incident management (HSPD-5) Forms the basis for how the federal government coordinates with others A true “national framework” For response to incidents of national significance Built on the template of NIMS (NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM)A true “national framework” For response to incidents of national significance Built on the template of NIMS (NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM)

7. National Response Plan Last updated May 25, 2006 Supercedes INRP, FRP, CONPLAN, and FRERP Consists of the following components: Base Plan Appendices Emergency Support Function (ESF) Annexes Support Annexes Incident Annexes Initial national response plan Federal response plan Us government domestic terrorism concept of operations plan Federal radiological emergency response plan Initial national response plan Federal response plan Us government domestic terrorism concept of operations plan Federal radiological emergency response plan

8. USACE- Coordinator ESF #3 Public Works and Engineering Technical advice and evaluations Engineering services Construction management and inspection Emergency contracting support for life-saving and life sustaining services potable water, ice, emergency power, etc Repair of wastewater and solid waste facilities Real estate support Temporary housing Debris removal from public property As coordinator, we are the primary agency for response in these areas As coordinator, we are the primary agency for response in these areas

9. Deployable Tactical Operation Systems Deployable emergency response equipment Office space for crisis response Communications for mission support and with other federal and state government agencies District, national and international capabilities 6 Rapid Response Vehicles 2 Emergency Tactical Operations Centers

10. Rapid Response Vehicle Purpose Accommodate 7 person staff for regional response throughout CONUS within 18 hours Components Network server GIS GPS equipment Laptops Office software TV / VCR Digital cameras Cell phone Drafting software HF, VHF & CB radios Mapping software Satellite Com Phone & intercom system

11. Emergency Tactical Operations Center Purpose 4 vehicles supporting 38 person staff for CONUS response within 36 hours Components Same as RRV plus self-contained power (40 KW generator)

13. USACE – ESF #3 Includes non-contaminated and contaminated debris Scope of actions may include: Waste sampling - Transportation Classification - Demolition Treatment - Disposal Packaging Coordinate with ESF #10 – Oil and Hazardous Materials Response Waste management related to hazardous site remediation is addressed under ESF #10. Waste management related to hazardous site remediation is addressed under ESF #10.

14. USACE Role– ESF #10 USEPA is Coordinating Agency USACE is a Support Agency Intended to cover response to accidental or intentional releases Includes CRB substances considered WMD If the WMD contained radioactive material, USACE, as requested, could . . .If the WMD contained radioactive material, USACE, as requested, could . . .

15. Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex DHS has overall responsibility Provides protocols for coordinating Federal capabilities (such as FRMAC) “A coordinating agency may require support from a cooperating agency that has significant cleanup/recovery experience and capabilities (e.g., EPA, USACE) for a long-term cleanup.” DHC has overall responsibility for coordination of actual and potential incidents of national significance including terrorist incidents involving nuclear material Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assesment CenterDHC has overall responsibility for coordination of actual and potential incidents of national significance including terrorist incidents involving nuclear material Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assesment Center

16. Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex Directs response/recovery actions as they relate to ESF #3, including contaminated debris management For RDD/IND incidents, provides response and cleanup support As requested, USACE could perform any or all of the following: Radiological survey functions Gross decontamination Site characterization Contaminated water management Site remediation From the table of responsibilities, here is what it has for USACE Bullet 2 – as a cooperating agencyFrom the table of responsibilities, here is what it has for USACE Bullet 2 – as a cooperating agency

17. Current USACE Activities 2004 to Present USACE continues to develop internal guidance to formalize its plans for carrying out its expanded ESF #3 responsibilities USACE is engaged in discussions with EPA to address the overlap of activities associated with ESF #3 (debris management) and #10 (hazardous materials management) Especially during an RDD/IND event Draft MOU with EPA to define USACE support role to EPA during long term remediation of an RDD/IND event

18. Useful Links USACE HP website http://www.environmental.usace.army.mil/tech_hp.htm National Response Plan http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/editorial/editorial_0566.xml USACE Office of Homeland Security http://www.usace.army.mil/cw/cecwhs/

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