A.E.C. Sets Up Eight “Hot Spot Teams”

A.E.C. Sets Up Eight “Hot Spot Teams”

The Atomic Energy Commission has established “hot spot teams” at its installations at Oakland, Calif.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Lemont, Ill.; Albuquerque, N. M.; New York City; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Richland, Wash.

The team members are nuclear specialists on call and ready at a moment’s notice to fly to the scene of a nuclear disaster. When the use of nuclear power becomes widespread, the protection service may require full-time crews at strategic points throughout the country.

As an example of how the teams operate, the team with headquarters in the New York Operations Office is responsible for the states along the Atlantic Coast from the District of Columbia to Maine. This team has a car with siren and flashing light. It also has arranged with the Coast Guard for helicopter transport and with the Air Force to have a plane available at Mitchell Air Force Base, Hempstead, L. I.

In one of the laboratories at the New York Operations Office is a stack of six brown suitcases. These are “hot spot kits,” ready to be grabbed and carried to the scene of an accident. Twenty more kits are scattered around the northeastern states at the homes or offices of the troubleshooters. The kits contain shoe covers, coveralls, a Geiger counter, a cord and road flares for isolating contaminated areas, an air sampler comparable to a small vacuum cleaner and a flashlight.

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