Simulation to practice nuclear response
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.