Stronger Federal Assistance to States Needed for Radiation Emergency Response Planning, Report to the Congress by the Comptroller General of the United States   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is the lead Federal agency in assisting States to voluntarily develop plans to cope with emergency radiation incidents at nuclear facilities, particularly powerplants, and accidents involving transportation of radioactive materials. This interagency effort has resulted in published guidelines and free formal training courses for State and local government officials responsible for radiation emergency response planning. As of December 1975, however, the Commission did not consider any State plan adequate to support the radiation emergency response planning guidelines developed by the Commission. GAO offers recommendations by which States can improve their radiation emergency response plans and keep the Congress better informed. This report concerns the need for stronger Federal assistance to States for radiation emergency response planning. The report discusses the status of State radiation emergency response plans and needed improvements in the Federal interagency effort to get State and local governments to improve their plans."

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