COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 19, 2015)—What would happen if someone detonated a dirty bomb in the U.S.? Or another nuclear accident occurs, such as Fukushima?
Responding to such disasters and restoring the community to basic operations necessarily will be a multi-layered response effort including clean up and protecting people and the environment.
A demonstration of such capabilities will happen on June 24 as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security visit Battelle to stage a demonstration of current technologies that are being tested to best contain and decontaminate a radiological spill.
Local emergency responders will assist in spraying one of Battelle’s oldest buildings with a new decontamination foam from a fire truck to test its effectiveness while scientists record results. Another demonstration will test the effectiveness of a material used to decontaminate first-responder vehicles that drive into hot zones to work.
Additionally, this training exercise will give the EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center; Battelle; the DHS; and local, state and federal decision-makers practice relaying information about contaminants in order to develop emergency plans and keep communities safe.
The training and testing event will occur during the week of June 22-25, with media and local officials invited to a public demonstration Wednesday, June 24.
There are several opportunities for news media coverage including the specific activities during the timeslots below. Reporters are free to pick and choose. Interviews can be arranged onsite:
10:30-11:30 a.m. (June 24): Briefing by national and state EPA and DHS officials explaining the technologies and issues. Columbus City Councilman Zach Klein, head of the public safety committee, gives remarks at 11:05 a.m.
Active technology demonstrations
1-2 p.m.: Fire trucks spray down buildings and vehicles to remove contamination and trap contaminated wastewater for treatment.
2-3 p.m.: Fire trucks used to spray decontaminating foam onto buildings and vehicles.
3-4 p.m.: A rappelling technician scales a building to demonstrate the application of a decontaminating gel.
Where: Battelle headquarters at 505 King Ave., Columbus, Ohio, 43201.
Media Contact: Registration Required. Katy Delaney, (614) 424-7208, firstname.lastname@example.org or T.R. Massey, (614) 424-5544, email@example.com