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Robert Hayes (NC State University): "Emergency Response, Consequence Assessment, and Recovery of the WIPP Event"

Abstract: The events that led up to the temporary shutdown of the WIPP facility in February 2014 were tragic and preventable. The results from that sequence of events along with the subsequent release to the environment, the initial emergency responses and follow on recovery efforts have now led to the facility reopening earlier this year. The timeline, lessons learned and retrospective considerations are provided from an individual who was present and in fact the first person brought on site after the radiological lockdown to support the resultant emergency response phase of the event. The lecture will presented from first hand observations and attendees should find the subject insightful and highly informative from what was effectively a dirty bomb release initiated inside a category 2 nuclear facility.

Dr. Robert Hayes is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is also a licensed professional engineer in Nuclear Engineering and a Certified Health Physicist. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has a Joint Faculty Appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities. He served for many years in the federal radiological monitoring and assessment center as an assessment scientist and as a team scientist for the radiological assistance program. He conducted the consequence assessment for the WIPP event of 2014 and was part of the emergency response and recovery effort which followed.


About the seminar series: This lecture continues a speaker series featuring leading international experts on nuclear emergency response. Part of an NSF CAREER Award (PI Sonja Schmid) and hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Science and Technology in Society, with generous support from the Office of the Vice President for the National Capital Region.

  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • Graduate students are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 to chat with the speaker before his talk.
  • The URL to the online version of the event is http://www.ncr.vt.edu/live/ for anyone who'd like to join remotely.
  • To submit a question to the speaker, please e-mail it to siren@vt.edu.


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Sonja Schmid at 703-538-8482 or email sschmid@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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