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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on May 6, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 7, 2016 @ 2:06 am

Trump VP selection and cabinet selection may prove TO BE OR NOT TO BE? A Republican?

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 7, 2016 @ 2:37 am

I will be using the following term in my blogging:

TOVOTATA (The Offical Version Of Things As They Are)!

Not sure of its derivation!

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 7, 2016 @ 2:43 am

I finally purchased RIGHT OF THE BOOM. One review on Amazon below and will be posting mine after reading.

ByPatrick A. Haydenon April 20, 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
The term “Right of Boom” is used in military parlance to refer to to the moment after a bomb goes off. “Left of Boom” is the moment before. In his well written, well researched book, “Right of Boom”, author Benjamin Schwartz presents readers with an analysis of what would happen – diplomatically, militarily and politically, after a nuclear bomb is detonated in Washington, D.C by state-sponserd terrorism.

The book is structured in a very interesting way. Each chapter begins with an ongoing account of the attack on Washington and the U.S. and the worlds response. Then Schwartz dives into the history of nuclear weapons and U.S. nuclear policy, how that history informs the current U.S. government policy, and how the old order would be upended if America was subjected to an act of nuclear terrorism. Schwartz approach guides the layman reader through the now 70-year-plus history of nuclear policy with ease and he builds his conclusion on how the U.S. might respond to this sort of attack on a great deal of research. The historical context connects solidly with his conclusion on what a post-nuclear terrorism world would look like and how the entire posture of the U.S. towards nuclear weapons and deterrence would be forced to change to adapt to the new order.

As Schwartz writes, no one can really know how the U.S. would respond, but his book is a sober and clear eyed guide, and if you think nuclear terrorism is a possibility, and I believe it is, an interested reader will find a lot to think about the world “Right of Boom”

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 7, 2016 @ 2:50 am

As readers of this blog know I have long predicted the employment of a NUDET in any major U.S. city will result in the fall of the federal government.

And in his last major nuclear policy act President Obama is committed to reducing the size of of nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal. E.G. Making more portable. And “practical”!

He is as ignorant as Trump and HRC and Sanders on U.S. nuclear weapons.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 9, 2016 @ 10:03 am

IMO METRO ops and safety in D.C. area a National Security problem for both COG AND COOP and the PAR for Emergency evacuation!

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 10, 2016 @ 6:18 am

HOUSTON! WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

Apparently dominated largely by need for a paycheck [after all we all need to eat and have a roof over our head] potential posters and being a commentater on this blog have other important things to do than discuss ideas and policies here.

So perhaps my conclusion that how the oldest and richest democracy on earth ever can only be kept by the people, for the people, from the people by effective and efficient HS and EM that provides civil security with appropriate privacy protections and protection of civil rights and civil liberties.

We now know that corporate owned MSM almost completely missed Why Trump and Why Sanders? Basically IMO ANGER at the country’s leadership for engaging in personal self-dealing while failing in governance and leadership.

Neither Trump or Sanders avoids the what or why of things but both miss the why of current events. Perhaps skilled advisers can explain the why?

That is why I will be spending more time explaining the WHY of events between now and November 8th. Especially those that relate to HS and EM.

Outsiders continue to ask my advice on the NFIP and federal disaster relief. Readers here should know what I continue to tell them.

Some people are supporting the notion that Trump resembles President Andrew Jackson and of course his defects were long. My undergrad thesis involved Jacksonian politics in Western Pennsylvania. Perhaps more later. His removal from the $20 bill replaced by Harriette Tubman is of interest to me.

What ever others conclude about Jackson’s defects his brilliant resistance to the NULLIFICATION DOCTRINE postponed a civil war for a generation. That also insured the continuation of SLAVERY. Athough John C. Calhoun and others did not realize it at the time. Why? Because Jackson would have gone to war to preserve the UNION. And Lincoln used Jacksonian arguments to also defend the Union.

What is happening now is that the nation’s choice of capitalism as its engine for the future may well be not just challenged but modified. And defense of a nation-state system of world governance may have reached its logical endpoint even as civil security becomes a key role for any nation-state but difficult for any democracy.

Thoughts?

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 10, 2016 @ 6:23 am

Executive Orders
Subject Index for Barack Obama – 2009-Present

A

Abortion; enforcing and implementing restrictions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: EO 13535
Afghanistan; Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office, establishment: EO 13656
American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities; improvement: EO 13592
Armed Forces, U.S.
Appointments and promotions; assignment of functions relating to: EO 13598
Defense Meritorious Service Medal; expanding eligibility: EO 13666
Ordering selected reserve and certain individual ready reserve members to active duty to assist with managing Ebola outbreak in West Africa: EO 13680
Ordering selected reserve and certain individual ready reserve members to active duty to assist in Haitian earthquake relief efforts: EO 13529
Principles of excellence for educational institutions serving service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members; establishment: EO 13607
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, White House Initiative on; establishment: EO 13515
B

Banks, banking; consumer financial transactions, security improvement efforts: EO 13681
Behavioral Science Insights Directive; policy to better serve Americans: EO 13707
Belarus; waiver under the Trade Act of 1974: EO 13510
Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015; delegation of authorities and assignment of certain functions: EO 13568
Bosnia and Herzegovina; International Organizations Immunities Act, provision extension: EO 13568
Broadband infrastructure; accelerating deployment: EO 13616
Burma
Blocking property of persons threatening the peace, security, or stability: EO 13619
Prohibiting certain imports of Burmese Jadeite and Rubies: EO 13651
Burundi; blocking property of certain persons: EO 13712
Business and industry; automotive communities and workers, policy coordination: EO 13578
C

Central African Republic; blocking property of certain persons contributing to the conflict in: EO 13667
Climate-Resilient International Development; efforts to strengthen policy: EO 13677
Combating Wildlife Trafficking: EO 13648
Commissions, Boards, Committees, Task Forces, etc.
Arctic Executive Steering Committee; establishment: EO 13689
21st Century Policing, President’s Task Force on; establishment: EO 13684
Advisory Committees; continuance: EO 13708
Advisory Council; continuance: EO 13640
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, President’s Advisory Commission on; establishment: EO 13515
Automotive Communities and Workers, White House Council on; establishment: EO 13509
Bioethical Issues, Presidential Commission for the Study of; establishment: EO 13521
BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, National Commission on the; establishment: EO 13543
Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, Task Force for; establishment: EO 13676
Commercial Advocacy, Interagency Task Force on; establishment: EO 13630
Community Solutions, White House Council for; establishment: EO 13560
Council of Governors; establishment: EO 13528
Detainee Disposition, Special Interagency Task Force on; establishment: EO 13493
Doing Business in Africa, President’s Advisory Council on; establishment: EO 13675
Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska, Interagency Working Group on Coordination of; establishment: EO 13580
Domestic Policy Council; amendments to Executive Order 12859: EO 13500
Economic Council, National; amendments to Executive Order 12835: EO 13499
Economic Recovery Advisory Board, President’s; establishment: EO 13501
Educational Excellence for African Americans, White House Initiative on; establishment: EO 13621
Educational Excellence for Hispanics, White House Initiative on; establishment: EO 13555
Election Administration, Presidential Commission on; establishment: EO 13639
Emergency board to investigate disputes between certain railroads represented by the National Carriers’ Conference Committee of the National Railway Labor Conference and their employees; establishment: EO 13586
Emergency board to investigate disputes between Long Island Rail Road Company and certain of its employees; establishment: EO 13654
Emergency board to investigate disputes between Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and certain of its employees; establishment: EO 13670; EO 13679
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, President’s Advisory Council for; establishment: EO 13498
Federal advisory committees, certain; continuance: EO 13511; EO 13585; EO 13591; EO 13652
Federal Labor-Management Relations, National Council on; establishment: EO 13522
Financial Capability, President’s Advisory Council on; establishment: EO 13530
Financial Capability for Young Americans, President’s Advisory Council on; establishment: EO 13646
Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force; establishment: EO 13519
Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, National Commission on; establishment: EO 13531
Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, President’s Council on; amendments to Executive Order 13265: EO 13545
Global Development Council, President’s; establishment: EO 13600
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force; establishment: EO 13554
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, President’s Board of Advisers on; establishment: EO 13532
Homeland Security Partnership Council, White House; establishment: EO 13629
Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force; establishment: EO 13632
Insular Areas, Interagency Group on; establishment: EO 13537
Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committees; establishment: EO 13565
Interagency Trade Enforcement Center; establishment: EO 13601
Jobs and Competitiveness, President’s Council on; establishment: EO 13564
Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group; establishment: EO 13688
National Security Staff; name change to National Security Council Staff: EO 13657
Native American Affairs Council, White House; establishment: EO 13647
New Jersey Transit Rail, labor dispute emergency board; establishment: EO 13700
Ocean Council, National; establishment: EO 13547
President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; reestablishment: EO 13634
President’s Management Advisory Board; establishment: EO 13538
Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, Advisory Group on; reestablishment: EO 13631
Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, National; establishment: EO 13544
Rural Council, White House; establishment: EO 13575
Science and Technology, President’s Council of Advisors on; establishment: EO 13539
State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Entities Advisory Committee; establishment: EO 13549
Strong Cities, Strong Communities, White House Council on; establishment: EO 13602
Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness; establishment: EO 13597
Toxic Substances and Worker Health Advisory Board; establishment: EO 13699
Veterans Small Business Development, Interagency Task Force on; establishment: EO 13540
Women and Girls, White House Council on; establishment: EO 13506
Women, Peace, and Security, National Action Plan on; establishment: EO 13595
Congo, Democratic Republic of the; taking additional steps to address the national emergency with respect to the conflict in: EO 13671
Courts-Martial, U.S. Manual for; amendments: EO 13552; EO 13593; EO 13643; EO 13669; EO 13696
D

Decorations, medals, and awards
Special Capability in Career and Technical Education, amendment to EO 11155: EO 13697
National Security Medal: EO 13709
Defense, national:
Biological select agents and toxins, optimization of use and security: EO 13546
Biological weapons attack; medical countermeasures: EO 13527
Classified national security information: EO 13526
Classified National Security Information Program for State, local, tribal, and private sector entities; establishment: EO 13549
Controlled Unclassified Information: EO 13556
Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity; improving EO 13636
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base; closure of detention facilities and review of detentions: EO 13492; EO 13567
Hostage recovery policy guidance: EO 13698
Interrogation of individuals in U.S. custody or control in armed conflicts; standards and practices: EO 13491
Resources Preparedness, National Defense: EO 13603
E

Emergency declarations, national; Liberia, actions and policies of former president Charles Taylor, termination of emergency: EO 13710
Emergency preparedness
Cybersecurity information, promotion of private sector sharing: EO 13691
Flood management; establishment of a flood risk management standard and a process for soliciting and considering stakeholder input: EO 13690
Energy
Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency: EO 13624
International Renewable Energy Agency; designation as a public international organization entitled to certain privileges, exemptions and immunities: EO 13605
Unconventional domestic and natural gas resources, supporting safe and responsible development: EO 13605
Environment
Arctic Region policies; National efforts to improve coordination: EO 13689
Chesapeake Bay, protection and restoration efforts: EO 13508
Federal sustainability in the next decade; planning: EO 13693
Oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes; protection, maintenance, and restoration efforts: EO 13547
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration: EO 13626
Executive orders
Executive Order 11030; amendment: EO 13683
Executive Order 11246; amendment: EO 13672
Executive Order 11478; amendment: EO 13672
Executive Order 12131; amendment: EO 13596
Executive Order 12163; amendment: EO 13656
Executive Order 12425; amendment: EO 13524
Executive Order 12777; amendment: EO 13638
Executive Order 12824; amendment: EO 13569
Executive Order 12835; amendment: EO 13569
Executive Order 12859; amendment: EO 13569
Executive Order 13183; amendment: EO 13517
Executive Order 13390; amendment: EO 13512
Executive Order 13462; amendment: EO 13516
Executive Order 13494; amendment: EO 13517
Executive Order 13498; reestablishment: EO 13569
Executive Order 13507; revocation: EO 13569
Executive Order 13532; amendment: EO 13569
Executive Order 13539; amendment: EO 13596
Executive Order 13639; amendment: EO 13644
Executive Order 13653; amendment: EO 13683
Executive Order 13673; amendment: EO 13683
Technical amendments: EO 13503
F

Faith-based and neighborhood organizations; principles and policymaking criteria for partnerships: EO 13559
Flood management; Federal flood risk management standard establishment and a process for soliciting and considering stakeholder input: EO 13690
G

Government agencies and employees
Agriculture, Department of; order of succession: EO 13542; EO 13612
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; conversion authority for criminal investigators (special agents): EO 13678
Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Monday, December 24, 2012: EO 13633
Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Friday, December 26, 2014: EO 13682
Half-day Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Thursday, December 24, 2015: EO 13713
Commerce, Department of; order of succession: EO 13613
Construction projects; use of project labor agreements: EO 13502
Contract employees
Compensation information; nonretaliation for disclosure: EO 13665
Contracts; economical and efficient administration: EO 13494
Contracts; strengthening protections against trafficking in persons: EO 13627
Minimum wage for Federal contractors; establishment: EO 13658
Fair pay and safe workplaces: labor law policy reform: EO 13673
Nondisplacement of qualified workers: EO 13495
Notification of rights under Federal labor laws: EO 13496
Paid sick leave; establishment: EO 13706
Counterterrorism communications initiative and Government-wide communications activities directed abroad; establishment and development: EO 13584
Customer service and service delivery; improvement and streamlining: EO 13571
Defense, Department of; order of succession: EO 13533
Disabilities, individuals with; expanding Federal employment opportunities for: EO 13548
Efficient, effective, and accountable Government; delivery: EO 13576
Efficient spending; promotion: EO 13589
Environmental, energy, and economic performance; Federal policy regarding: EO 13514
Environmental Protection Agency; order of succession: EO 13614
Equal Employment Opportunity; Amendments to EO 11246 and EO 11478: EO 13672
Executive branch appointees; ethics commitments: EO 13490
Export Enforcement Coordination Center; establishment: EO 13558
Federal permitting and review of infrastructure projects; improving performance: EO 13604
Federal programs; efforts to eliminate payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse: EO 13520
Government information; new default to make open and machine readable: EO 13642
Half-day closing of Executive Departments and Agencies on December 24: EO 13523
International Renewable Energy Agency; public international organization, designation: EO 13705
Justice, Department of; order of succession: EO 13557
National security and emergency preparedness communications functions; assignment: EO 13618
Office of Management and Budget; order of succession: EO 13615
Presidential Innovation Fellows Program: EO 13704
Rates of pay; adjustments: EO 13525; EO 13561; EO 13594; EO 13635; EO 13641; EO 13655; EO 13686; EO 13715
Regulation and independent regulatory agencies: EO 13579
Regulation and regulatory review; improvement: EO 13563
Regulatory burdens; identifying and reducing: EO 13610
Regulatory planning and review; revocation of previous Executive orders: EO 13497
SelectUSA Initiative; establishment: EO 13577
Senior Executive Service; strengthening: EO 13714
State, Department of
Iraq Strategic Partnership Office; establishment: EO 13541
Pakistan and Afghanistan Support Office; establishment: EO 13550
Pakistan and Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Office; establishment: EO 13656
Students and recent graduates, recruiting and hiring: EO 13562
Sustainability, Federal; planning for the next decade: EO 13693
White House Office of Health Reform; establishment: EO 13507
White House Office of Urban Affairs; establishment: EO 13503
Veterans; expansion of employment opportunities in the Federal Government: EO 13518
H

Haiti; ordering selected reserve and certain individual ready reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces to active duty to assist in earthquake relief efforts: EO 13529
Health care
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria; efforts to combat: EO 13676
Biological weapons attack, medical countermeasures: EO 13527
National HIV/AIDS Strategy for U.S., 2015-2020; implementation efforts: EO 13703
Prescription drug shortages; reduction: EO 13588
Quarantinable communicable diseases; revised list: EO 13674
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, White House Initiative on; establishment: EO 13532
HIV Prevention and Care in the U.S. through HIV Care Continuum Initiative; efforts to improve acceleration: EO 13649
I

Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security: EO 13650
Infrastructure; Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity; improving EO 13636
Iran
Authorizing additional sanctions: EO 13622
Blocking property and suspending entry into the U.S. of certain persons with respect to grave human rights abuses by the Governments of Iran and Syria via information technology: EO 13606
Blocking property of certain persons with respect to serious human rights abuses by the Government of Iran: EO 13553
Blocking property of the Government of Iran and Iranian financial institutions: EO 13599
Implementation of certain sanctions set forth in the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, as amended; authorization: EO 13574
Implementation of certain sanctions set forth in the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 and additional sanctions with respect to Iran; authorization: EO 13645
Implementation of certain sanctions set forth in the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 and additional sanctions with respect to Iran; authorization: EO 13628
Petrochemical sectors, goods, services, technology, or support; imposition of sanctions: EO 13590
Prohibiting certain transactions with and suspending entry into the U.S. of foreign sanctions evaders with respect to Iran and Syria: EO 13608
Iraq
Development Fund for Iraq; ending immunities: EO 13668
Iraq Strategic Partnership Office; establishment: EO 13541
K

Kosovo; International Organizations Immunities Act, provision extension: EO 13568
L

Labor
Long Island Rail Road Company; labor disputes: EO 13654
New Jersey Transit Rail; labor disputes: EO 13700
Law enforcement agencies, local; Federal support for acquisition of certain Federal equipment: EO 13688
Liberia; actions and policies of former President Charles Taylor, termination of emergency: EO 13710
Libya; blocking property and prohibiting certain transactions related: EO 13566
N

New Jersey Transit Rail; labor disputes board, establishment: EO 13700; EO 13711
North Korea
Blocking property of certain persons: EO 13551
Prohibiting certain transactions: EO 13570
Imposing additional sanctions: EO 13687
P

Pakistan; Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office, establishment: EO 13656
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; enforcing and implementing restrictions on abortion: EO 13535
Presidential Innovation Fellows Program; establishment: EO 13704
Presidential Records Act; policies and procedures: EO 13489
R

Railroads; labor disputes: EO 13654; EO 13679; EO 13700 EO 13711
Regulatory cooperation; international promotion efforts: EO 13609
Russian Federation
Blocking property relating to the disposition of highly enriched uranium extracted from nuclear weapons: EO 13617
U.S. national emergency with respect to the accumulation of a large volume of weapons-usable fissile material, termination: EO 13695
S

Science and technology
National Strategic Computing Initiative, establishment: EO 13702
Security, national
Blocking property of persons engaging in malicious cyber-enabled activities: EO 13694
Cybersecurity, promoting private sector information sharing: EO 13691
Somalia
Blocking property of certain persons contributing to the conflict: EO 13536
Taking additional steps to address the national emergency: EO 13620
South Sudan; blocking property of certain persons with respect to: EO 13664
Stem cells; removing research barriers: EO 13505
Strategic Computing Initiative, National; establishment: EO 13702
Syria
Blocking property and suspending entry into the U.S. of certain persons with respect to grave human rights abuses by the Governments of Iran and Syria via information technology: EO 13606
Blocking property of certain persons with respect to human rights abuses: EO 13572
Blocking property of senior officials of the Government of Syria: EO 13573
Prohibiting certain transactions with and suspending entry into the U.S. of foreign sanctions evaders with respect to Iran and Syria: EO 13608
T

Toxic Substances and Worker Health Advisory Board; establishment: EO 13699
Trade
Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015; delegation of authorities and functions to U.S. Trade Representative: EO 13701
Export controls, reformed; administration: EO 13637
Export-Import process for America’s businesses; efforts to streamline: EO 13659
Export Initiative, National; establishment: EO 13534
Export Promotion Cabinet; establishment: EO 13534
Trafficking in persons in Federal contracts; strengthening protections against: EO 13627
Transportation; text messaging while driving, Federal efforts to reduce: EO 13513
U

Ukraine
Blocking property of certain persons and prohibiting certain transactions respecting the Crimea Region: EO 13685
Property and interests in property blocked for certain persons contributing to the situation in: EO 13660; EO 13661; EO 13662
V

Venezuela; blocking property and suspension of entry into U.S. of certain persons: EO 13692
Veterans
Employment opportunities in the Federal Government, expansion: EO 13518
Mental health services for veterans, service members, and military families; improving access: EO 13625
W

Wages; establishing paid sick leave for Federal contractors: EO 13706
Women and girls; violence against, global prevention and response efforts: EO 13623
Y

Yemen; blocking property of persons threatening the peace, security, or stability: EO 13611
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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 10, 2016 @ 6:28 am

At least 10 of President Obama’s Executive Orders relate to HS and EM and here are two:

Homeland Security Partnership Council, White House; establishment: EO 13629

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force; establishment: EO 13632

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 11, 2016 @ 1:04 am

REPP contacts:

https://www.fema.gov/technological-hazards-division-contacts

All underpaid IMO!

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 11, 2016 @ 1:12 am

The EPZ for all nuclear power stations in the U.S.A. should be 50 kilometers IMO. But in the meantime see:

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part050/part050-appe.html

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 11, 2016 @ 1:16 am

https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/achre/commeet/meet3/brief3.gfr/tab_g/br3g1a.html

KI distribution around nucler power plants statutorily required IMO!

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 11, 2016 @ 10:36 am

Here is a link to this extremely important Presidential Commission Report on RESPONSE TO A CATASTROPHIC NUCLEAR ACCIDENT [1990]:

Sorry, it looks like we don’t have that Report on our site. I see that it is posted here, however:

http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste/news/rpccna/index.htm

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 11, 2016 @ 10:37 am

Thanks to Steve Aftergood of FAS for the lost link above!

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 11, 2016 @ 11:04 am

When the Presidential Commission was briefed by FEMA personnel in 1989-1990 the principal briefer for FEMA was an SES Dennis K. Dennis was located in the Natural and Technological Hazards Division. Neither his testimony or the Presidential Commission report while in draft was reviewed by OGC FEMA.

Dennis testified that no radiological hazards were covered by the Robert T. Stafford Act [Public Law 100-707]. When NRC was alerted to his testimony they almost immediate prepared and published NUREG 1347 [?] with the opposite conclusion.

Dennis’ testimony had some basis in law because the so-called Price Anderson Act provides for various kinds of indemnification for nuclear power accidents. But it does not mention the Stafford Act.

Each new General Counsel of FEMA arriving after 1990 I suggested in my oral interviews that reconciliation of this disagreement should be sent to and referred by OLC/DoJ. This has not occurred to date.

Several states did along with NEMA request that radiological events accidental and intentional should be incorporated into an amended Stafford Act. This did not happen again to date..

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 12, 2016 @ 2:37 am

NUREG 0654 was based on the so-called Rasmussen Report in part that predicted core melt nuclear power plant accidents would occur but that reports study of probabilities rejected.

In other words, plan as if nuclear power accidents will occur.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 12, 2016 @ 2:41 am

When informally asked orally, I always said any release of radio iodines beyond the 10 mile EPZ required for preparedness under 10 CFR and 44 CFR if accidental or intentional I would label an “explosion” for purposes of the Stafford Act.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 14, 2016 @ 3:18 am

FEMA and DHS have a statutory mandate to evaluate the emergency preparedness role of other federal entities.

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