RAP’ping at Fukushima: Argonne’s Role in Radiation Monitoring

Following a magnitude 9 earthquake and 14-meter tsunami on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan suffered a major loss-of-coolant accident and large quantities of radioactive materials were released to the environment. Within 3 days of the earthquake, the White House directed the Department of Energy to deploy a team to Japan to provide radiological monitoring support to the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the Government of Japan. This team consisted of personnel and equipment from DOE-NNSA, the Remote Sensing Laboratories in Las Vegas and Washington DC, and several RAP Regions, including four team members from Argonne. This talk will give an overview of the accident and description of the DOE assets and capabilities called upon to respond. Some first-hand experiences of radiological monitoring in Japan will be discussed and some monitoring results will be presented.

June 4, 2013 at 10:00am

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