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- Advisory Team for Environment, Food, and Health
- An interagency team, consisting of representatives from EPA, HHS, USDA, and
representatives from other Federal agencies as necessary, that provides advice to the LFA
and States, as requested on matters associated with environment, food, and health issues during a
- Agreement State
- A State that has entered into an Agreement under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as
amended, in which NRC has relinquished to such States the majority of its regulatory
authority over source, byproduct, and special nuclear material in quantities not sufficient to form
a critical mass.
- The evaluation and interpretation of radiological measurements and other information to
provide a basis for decision- making. Assessment can include projections of
offsite radiological impact.
- To advance systematically an exchange of information among principals who have or
may have a need to know certain information in order to carry out their role in a
- Disaster Field Office (DFO)
- A center established in or near the designated area from which the Federal Coordinating
Officer (FCO) and representatives of Federal response agencies will interact with
State and local government representatives to coordinate non-technical resource support.
- Any natural or man-caused situation that results in or may result in substantial injury or
harm to the population or substantial damage to or loss of property.
- Emergency Response Team (ERT)
- A team of Federal interagency personnel headed by FEMA and deployed to the site of
an emergency to serve as the FCO's key staff and assist with accomplishing FEMA
responsibilities at the DFO.
- Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO)
- The Federal official appointed in accordance with the provisions of P.L. 93-288, as
amended, to coordinate the overall response and recovery activities under a major
disaster or emergency declaration. The FCO represents the President as provided by Section 302
of P.L. 93-288, as amended, for the purpose of coordinating the
administration of Federal relief activities in the designated area. Additionally, the FCO is
delegated responsibilities and performs those for the FEMA Director as outlined
in Executive Order 12148, and those responsibilities delegated to the FEMA Regional Director
in Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 206.
- Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center
- An operations center usually established near the scene of a radiological emergency
from which the Federal field monitoring and assessment assistance is directed and
- Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee
- An interagency committee, created under 44 CFR Part 351, to coordinate Federal
radiological planning and training.
- Federal Response Plan (FRP)
- The plan designed to address the consequences of any disaster or emergency situation in
which there is a need for Federal assistance under the authorities of the Robert T.
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.
- FRMAC Director
- The person designated by DOE or EPA to manage operations in the FRMAC.
- Joint Information Center (JIC)
- A center established to coordinate the Federal public information activities onscene. It is
the central point of contact for all news media at the scene of the incident. Public
information officials from all participating Federal agencies should collocate at the JIC. Public
information officials from participating State and local agencies also may
collocate at the JIC.
- Joint Operations Center (JOC)
- Established by the LFA under the operational control of the OSC, as the focal point for
management and direction of onsite activities, coordination/establishment of State
requirements/priorities, and coordination of the overall Federal response.
- Joint U.S. Government/Foreign Government Space
- Any space venture conducted jointly by the U.S. Government (DOD or NASA) with a
foreign government or foreign governmental entity that is characterized by an
ongoing U.S. Government interest in the successful completion of the mission, active
involvement in mission operations, and uses radioactive sources and/or classified
components, regardless of which country owns or provides said sources or components, within
the space vehicle. For the purposes of this plan, in a situation whereby the
U.S. Government simply sells or supplies radioactive material to a foreign country for use in a
space vehicle and otherwise has no active mission involvement, it shall not
be considered a joint venture.
- Lead Federal Agency (LFA)
- The agency that is responsible for leading and coordinating all aspects of the Federal
response is referred to as the LFA and is determined by the type of emergency. In
situations where a Federal agency owns, authorizes, regulates, or is otherwise deemed
responsible for the facility or radiological activity causing the emergency and has
authority to conduct and manage Federal actions onsite, that agency normally will be the
- An authorization issued to a facility owner or operator by the NRC pursuant to the
conditions of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or issued by an Agreement
State pursuant to appropriate State laws. NRC licenses certain activities under section 170(a) of
- Local Government
- Any county, city, village, town, district, or political subdivision of any State, and Indian
tribe or authorized tribal organization, or Alaska Native village or organization,
including any rural community or unincorporated town or village or any other public
- The use of sampling and radiation detection equipment to determine the levels of
- National Defense Area (NDA)
- An area established on non-Federal lands located within the United States, its
possessions or its territories, for safeguarding classified defense information or protecting
DOD equipment and/or material. Establishment of a National Defense Area temporarily places
such non-Federal lands under the effective control of the Department of
Defense and results only from an emergency event. The senior DOD representative at the scene
shall define the boundary, mark it with a physical barrier, and post warning
signs. The landowner's consent and cooperation shall be obtained whenever possible however,
military necessity shall dictate the final location, shape, and size of the
- National Security Area (NSA)
- An area established on non-Federal lands located within the United States, its
possessions or territories, for safeguarding classified information, and/or restricted data or
equipment and material belonging to DOE or NASA. Establishment of a National Security Area
temporarily places such non-Federal lands under the effective control of
DOE or NASA and results only from an emergency event. The senior DOE or NASA
representative having custody of the material at the scene shall define the boundary,
mark it with a physical barrier, and post warning signs. The landowner's consent and cooperation
shall be obtained whenever possible however, operational necessity shall
dictate the final location, shape, and size of the NSA.
- Nuclear Facilities
- Nuclear installations that use or produce radioactive materials in their normal
- The area outside the boundary of the onsite area. For emergencies occurring at fixed
nuclear facilities, "offsite" generally refers to the area beyond the facility boundary.
For emergencies that do not occur at fixed nuclear facilities and for which no physical boundary
exists, the circumstances of the emergency will dictate the boundary of the
offsite area. Unless a Federal agency has the authority to define and control a restricted area, the
State or local government will define an area as "onsite" at the time of the
emergency, based on required response activities.
- Offsite Federal Support
- Federal assistance in mitigating the offsite consequences of an emergency and
protecting the public health and safety, including assistance with determining and
implementing public protective action measures.
- The area directly affected by radiological contamination and environs. Onscene includes
onsite and offsite areas.
- Onscene Commander (OSC)
- The lead official designated at the scene of the emergency to manage onsite activities
and coordinate the overall Federal response to the emergency.
- The area within (a) the boundary established by the owner or operator of a fixed nuclear
facility, or (b) the area established by the LFA as a National Defense Area or
National Security Area, or (c) the area established around a downed/ditched U.S. spacecraft, or
(d) the boundary established at the time of the emergency by the State or
local government with jurisdiction for a transportation accident not occurring at a fixed nuclear
facility and not involving nuclear weapons.
- Onsite Federal Support
- Federal assistance that is the primary responsibility of the Federal agency that owns,
authorizes, regulates, or is otherwise deemed responsible for the radiological facility
or material being transported, i.e., the LFA. This response supports State and local efforts by
supporting the owner or operator's efforts to bring the incident under control
and thereby prevent or minimize offsite consequences.
- Owner or Operator
- The organization that owns or operates the nuclear facility or carrier or cargo that causes
the radiological emergency. The owner or operator may be a Federal agency, a
State or local government, or a private business.
- Protective Action Guide (PAG)
- A radiation exposure or contamination level or range established by appropriate Federal
or State agencies at which protective actions should be considered.
- Protective Action Recommendation (Federal)
- Federal advice to State and local governments on measures that they should take to
avoid or reduce exposure of the public to radiation from an accidental release of
radioactive material. This includes emergency actions such as sheltering, evacuation, and
prophylactic use of stable iodine. It also includes longer term measures to avoid
or minimize exposure to residual radiation or exposure through the ingestion pathway such as
restriction of food, temporary relocation, and permanent resettlement.
- Public Information Officer (PIO)
- Official at headquarters or in the field responsible for preparing and coordinating the
dissemination of public information in cooperation with other responding Federal,
State, and local agencies.
- Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) Team
- A response team dispatched to the site of a radiological incident by the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE) regional coordinating office responding to a radiological
incident. RAP Teams are located at DOE operations offices and national laboratories and some
- Radiological Emergency
- A radiological incident that poses an actual, potential, or perceived hazard to public
health or safety or loss of property.
- Recovery, in this document, includes all types of emergency actions dedicated to the
continued protection of the public or to promoting the resumption of normal activities
in the affected area.
- Recovery Plan
- A plan developed by each State, with assistance from the responding Federal agencies,
to restore the affected area.
- Regional Operations Center (ROC)
- The temporary operations facility for the coordination of Federal response and recovery
activities, located at the FEMA Regional Office (or at the Federal Regional
Center) and led by the FEMA Regional Director or Deputy Regional Director until the DFO
- Senior FEMA Official (SFO)
- Official appointed by the Director of FEMA, or his representative, to initially direct the
FEMA response at the scene of a radiological emergency. Also, acts as the Team
Leader for the Advance Element of the Emergency Response Team (ERT-A).
- State Coordinating Officer (SCO)
- An official designated by the Governor of the affected State to work with the LFA's
Onscene Commander and Senior FEMA Official or Federal Coordinating Officer in
coordinating the response efforts of Federal, State, local, volunteer, and private agencies.
- Subcommittee on Federal Response
- A subcommittee of the Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee
formed to develop and test the Federal Radiological Emergency Response Plan. Most
agencies that will participate in the Federal radiological emergency response are represented on
- Transportation Emergency
- For the purposes of this plan, any emergency that involves a transportation vehicle or
shipment containing radioactive materials outside the boundaries of a facility.
- Transportation of Radioactive Materials
- The loading, unloading, movement, or temporary storage en route of radioactive
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