National Analytical Radiation Environmental Laboratory
Nuclear Emergency Response
The NAREL emergency response teams support EPA's overall emergency preparedness responsibility. Teams are trained and equipped to respond to nuclear emergencies anywhere in the nation. A mobile radioanalytical laboratory and the latest radiation survey and communications equipment are maintained
in a constant state of readiness for deployment at a moment's notice.
The NAREL staff responded at Three Mile Island and provide support to NASA launches carrying nuclear-powered satellites. Following the Chernobyl accident in the former Soviet Union, NAREL became a leading participant in the Global Environmental Radiation Monitoring (GERMON)effort organized by the World Health Organization .
In the year 2000, NAREL responded to three national radiation emergencies: to the possible contamination from the Japanese release at Tokaimura and to the potential environmental contamination associated with the fires near the Hanford site in the State of Washington and near the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.