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2004 TEPP Annual Report

During FY 2004, the Office of Environmental Management completed over 23,000 shipments of radioactive material and waste.  In recent years, the transport of all types of hazardous materials has received increased  publicity. This is particularly true for radioactive material. As a high visibility shipper of radioactive material, the DOE and its transportation activities have come under intense scrutiny from Congress, states, tribes, local governments, and the public. An underlying concern is the adequacy of emergency preparedness along DOE shipping corridors.  Within the DOE Office of Environmental Management, the Office of Transportation implements the complex-wide Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP)  to address preparedness issues for nonclassified/non-weapons radioactive material shipments. As an element of the DOE Comprehensive Emergency Management System, TEPP provides support to Federal, state, tribal, and local authorities to prepare for  a response to a transportation incident involving DOE shipments of radioactive material. TEPP is implemented on a regional basis, with a TEPP Coordinator designated for each of the eight DOE Regional Coordinating Offices. TEPP, by integrating transportation and emergency preparedness activities, takes a coordinated approach to addressing the emergency response concerns of state, tribal, and local officials affected by DOE shipments. TEPP also ensures responders have access to the model plans and procedures, training, and technical assistance necessary to respond safely, efficiently, and effectively to transportation incidents.