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Planning and preparing for a possible radiological incident at commercial nuclear power plants is essential to protecting Missourians. SEMA’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program is designed to ensure the health and safety of Missourians living near nuclear power plants in the event of a nuclear power accident. The REP Program addresses the unique needs of offsite response organizations (OROs) surrounding commercial nuclear power plants in Missouri (Callaway Energy Center operated by Ameren Missouri, located in Reform, MO and Cooper Nuclear Power Station operated by Nebraska Public Power located in Brownsville, NE). The term “ORO” refers to state, and local governments, licensee emergency response organizations, if applicable, and other supporting organizations. Onsite activities are the responsibility of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

SEMA maintains the Missouri Nuclear Accident Plan for the two nuclear power plants in accordance with FEMA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance, and NRC regulatory requirements. Additionally, SEMA develops and maintains appropriate local plans and procedures, and special facility plans and procedures, including training to ensure implementation of all federal requirements. SEMA also provides assistance for local jurisdictions statewide in planning and training for possible radiological incidents, including for fixed sites, transportation incidents and possible terrorist activities involving radioactive materials. SEMA provides annual radiation safety training for the Missouri Department of Transportation and conducts independent audits of MoDOT’s gauge program.

The REP Program includes a Radiological Instrument Maintenance and Calibration (RIMC) shop, which maintains an NRC Material By-Product License. This license allows SEMA to calibrate radiological equipment for state and local agencies SEMA also provides training for specific radiological equipment (e.g. monitoring equipment and nuclear density gauges used in highway construction) used by state and local agencies. This satisfies rules and regulations established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.