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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) protects the health and safety of Indiana citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants by informing and educating the public about radiological emergency preparedness and by coordinating with local, state, and federal government agencies to prepare Indiana for an integrated response.
In the event of a release of radiological materials from a nuclear power plant, the primary concern for Indiana and its residents is the Ingestion Pathway Planning Zone. This emergency planning zone is the geographical area within fifty-miles of one of four nuclear power plants located in Michigan and Illinois near Indiana’s borders. The Indiana REPP is designed to provide protection to the public from the consumption of food and water potentially contaminated by radioactive material from a radioactive release at one of these locations.
The REPP is specifically responsible for “offsite” activities, that is, State, Tribal, and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. The program is designed to enhance the coordination with other state agencies so that the agricultural community within the potential Ingestion Exposure Pathway would be adequately informed and educated. The agricultural community will be clearly advised on necessary protective actions in order to reduce the risk of radiological injury or contamination of farm livestock, livestock feeds, farm products, and water supplies.
Future Plan for the REP Program
From 2010 to 2011, the State Ingestion Pathway Plan, through REPP, will be revised along with the county emergency plans involving a REPP incident. In addition, REPP will train and exercise according to the newly developed plans and prepare short and long-range schedules to support an ongoing state and local training program. REPP will continue to focus on developing the capabilities of responders to respond to the hazards associated with a REPP incident.