Waterbury, Vermont: The State of Vermont has several initiatives to build and sustain preparedness to prepare for, prevent, protect, respond to, recover from and mitigate all actual or potential threats and hazards.  One of the initiatives by the State is to engage local, state, and federal agencies that operate in Vermont to address the risk posed by the threat of radiological and nuclear terrorism through a coordinated Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) Program. The PRND Program aims to deter, detect, and report the hazardous handling and/or unauthorized attempts to import, possess, store, develop, or transport illicit radiological/nuclear material within the State.

The State has developed a Steering Committee, consisting of local, state and federal partners to enhance the radiological and nuclear terrorism prevention capabilities in the State of Vermont. This is accomplished by expanding and coordinating existing radiological detection capabilities to identify and interdict radiological and nuclear materials before they are employed as a weapon.  Additional goals include the rapid detection and identification of a radiological release; the safety of first responders and citizens from radiation threats; and the detection of the hazardous use of legitimate sources to bring them into safe regulatory compliance.

Due to its varied threat pathways, position on the northern border and established smuggling routes across that border, Vermont is at considerable risk to the threat of a radiological or nuclear device being transported through, or utilized, within the State.  An active PRND program is an essential component to keeping the State’s national strategic assets, critical infrastructure, and economic base safe from any type of terrorist attack.

For more information on this program, please contact Major Richmond Hopkins, III (Richmond.Hopkins@Vermont.Gov) or Dr. Bill Irwin (William.Irwin@Vermont.Gov).