NRC Revises Stance on Emergency Drills

Current regulations do not require licensees to use hostile action scenarios in
their emergency preparedness drills and exercises. However, in 2005, NEI offered
a phased approach for licensees to voluntarily conduct such drills within a
three-year period.

These "off-year" hostile-action based drills, also called
"Phase 3 Drills," are not evaluated by the NRC or the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), and provide a "no fault" opportunity for licensees to
demonstrate responses to the unique challenges security actions pose to existing
emergency preparedness programs. During 2007, nine hostile action-based drills
were conducted, and 26 are scheduled for 2008.

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