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Bilibino Tabletop Exercise

Project Period: 2002
Funding: US and Russian Federation

Local Counterparts: The Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBRAE) was the lead Russian organization responsible for planning, conducting, and controlling the exercise. Russian participants also included the Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant, Rosenergoatom, Minatom, the Ministry of Emergency Prevention and Response (EMERCOM), Roshydromet, and Gosatomnadzor. International participants included: the Arctic Council’s Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response working group, the International Atomic Energy Agency, U.S. Agencies, State of Alaska, and University of Alaska.

Brief: As described in the Bilibino exercise report [13 mb PDF], on August 21, 2002, a radiological accident exercise was conducted at Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant in Chukotka, Russia. The emergency scenario considered a worst-case accident at one of the plant’s four 12-megawatt, light-water-cooled, graphite-moderated reactors that have operated for more than 20 years. Specifically, the following was successfully demonstrated during the exercise:

  • plant emergency response
  • protective action decision making
  • emergency notification procedures
  • interagency and intergovernmental communications
  • plume modeling
  • radiation monitoring capabilities.