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2005 TEPP Annual Report

During FY 2005, the Office of Environmental Management completed over 21,000 shipments of radioactive material and waste.  Hazardous material shipments continue to be of concern to communities.  This is particularly true for radioactive material. 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 radioactive material and waste 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.