REAC/TS celebrates 40 years as international leader in emergency medical response (2016)

July 1, 2016, National Nuclear Security Administration

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday with a luncheon, panel discussion, and tours of its Oak Ridge facility, which originally opened its doors in July 1976. Director of NNSA's Consequence Management Program, Dr. Dan Blumenthal, spoke at the event. As part of the luncheon, Roger Cloutier, Jack Beck, and [ATL's] Jim Berger, who were pivotal in the establishment of the facility, participated in a panel discussion. They addressed questions regarding how REAC/TS was conceived, how it has supported medical response for major radiation accidents and incidents through the years, such as Chernobyl (1986), Goiania, Brazil (1987), and Fukushima (2011), and how it continues to provide one-on-one consultation to calls from the general public.