Albuquerque Journal

Simulation to practice nuclear response

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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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