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Technical Hazards

Cooper Nuclear StationThe Technical Hazards Unit (THU) covers three distinct programs for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency: radiological emergency preparedness for Cooper Nuclear Station (CNS), statewide radiological material transportation; and the agency’s radiological equipment calibrations laboratory.

These programs work together to mitigate natural and man-made hazards and ensure an effective response if an incident were to occur. Radiological emergency preparedness (REP) involves planning, training and exercises for the area surrounding Nebraska’s sole nuclear power plant, CNS in Nemaha County. NEMA’s two REP specialists prepare the communities surrounding the nuclear power plant to respond to an incident involving the power plant. The majority of NEMA staff participate in the quarterly drills at the plant; annual evaluated and unevaluated exercises and various drill/exercise related training opportunities.

THU is also involved in the planning and training of local responders for a response to an accident involving radioactive materials crossing the state. THU maintains situational awareness of dates and routes of any radioactive waste shipments moving through the state. Members of THU participate in national and regional planning efforts regarding the shipment of radiological waste and spent nuclear fuel.

The radiological calibration laboratory calibrates and maintains radiological monitoring equipment.