Sim­u­la­tion to prac­tice nu­clear re­sponse

Albuquerque Journal - - NEW MEXICO -

Sev­eral fed­eral, state and lo­cal agen­cies will be con­duct­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise in­volv­ing a sim­u­lated nu­clear bomb det­o­na­tion in the Al­bu­querque and Santa Fe ar­eas from Sept. 18-22.

Ex­er­cise “Prom­i­nent Hunt,” a bian­nual ex­er­cise held in ar­eas around the coun­try, al­lows the Na­tional Tech­ni­cal Nu­clear Foren­sics Ground Col­lec­tion Task Force to prac­tice tech­niques it could use to help iden­tify the ori­gins of a nu­clear bomb in the event of a det­o­na­tion.

The ex­er­cise is not ex­pected to af­fect air or ground traf­fic, but the pub­lic should be aware of pos­si­ble low-fly­ing air­craft.

There will also be par­tic­i­pants wear­ing per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment.

No ra­dioac­tive ma­te­ri­als will be used in the sim­u­la­tion and there is no dan­ger to the pub­lic.

“This ex­er­cise is not be­ing con­ducted in re­sponse to any on­go­ing world events,” a news re­lease from the Depart­ment of En­ergy’s Na­tional Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Administration said.

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