Readers of this blog know that I believe WMD preparedness and response was the 1st priority in creating the DHS! They also know that I believe whether discussing STATES and their local government preparedness and capabilities or the DHS and FEMA equivalent, there is not much in the way of either threat analysis or preparedness and not much in the way of technical response capability. In FEMA there is none of either. The REP [raiological preparedness program] is of some planning utility but it only exists near the 110 nuclear power stations in the USA. It certainly does not verify state and local capability as required by 10 CFR Part 50 Appendix E the NRC parent regulation of 44 CFR parts 350-354 published by FEMA.
FEMA or some other federal agency or department should be charged formally in a statutory mandate with public health and safety around nuclear power stations and for WMD incidents and events with respect to the STATES and local governments.
I wish that the lessons of Fukishima were being followed more closely in the USA and not through the filter of NEI or NRC. Perhaps CDC should be assigned this task.
The OER in EPA is also not up to its job. It needs twice the staff and twice the funding to perform its assigned tasks.
But here are two reports of interest! One by GAO and one by CDC!