Issues related to the transportation of hazardous materials of all types have become more heightened in recent years. This is particularly true for radioactive materials. As a high- visibility shipper of radioactive materials, the Department of Energy and its transportation activities have come under intense scrutiny from Congress, states, tribes, local governments and the public. An issue of universal concern, however, is whether adequate emergency preparedness exists at all levels of government. The Department is developing and implementing a coordinated Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program to address nationwide preparedness needs. The Program to accomplish this includes activities involving federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and professional organizations to develop consensus on needs and strategies. It will establish consistent policies and implementing procedures, build public and institutional confidence, and demonstrate the system's ability to respond effectively. This program only addresses unclassified/non-weapons radioactive materials shipments. This Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program Strategic Plan is designed to assure the Program's long-term goals and objectives are well-defined and easily understood. It does not provide a detailed road map to accomplish programmatic goals and objectives. Rather, it offers strategies and basic directions for courses of action. A Multi-year Program Plan will be developed consistent with Program strategies.
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management: http://www.em.doe.gov/