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2020 Nuclear Facility Safety
Mission Statement To minimize risk to the public due to radiological hazards posed by Illinois' nuclear facilities, radiological accidents, and acts of radiological terrorism. The Bureau of Nuclear Facility Safety's (BNFS) mission strategy is to develop, maintain, improve, and implement programs designed to reduce public risk by minimizing the probability of a nuclear or radiological accident and, in the event that a nuclear or radiological accident or terrorist event has occurred, minimize the radiological consequences to the public.
Program Goals and Objectives
  1. Nuclear Evaluation, Monitoring, and Response - Assess public health radiological effects from nuclear facilities and acts of terrorism. Design and exercise nuclear facility emergency planning and training standards, terrorist emergency planning exercises, and radiological emergency response technical team training programs and specify and maintain expert emergency response radiological assessment teams. Develop, fabricate, implement and maintain, at high reliability, the Agency's computer-based Remote Monitoring System (RMS) that continuously monitors, in real time, Illinois nuclear facility critical safety functions and environmental radioactive releases.
    1. Analyze station data, assess potential nuclear incidents, develop dose projections, dispatch field teams, collect field samples, monitor the public for radiation, assist hospitals in establishing contamination control protocols, assist with surveys of potentially contaminated patients and staff, and maintain the Radiological Emergency Assessment Center (REAC) and Radiological Assessment Field Team (RAFT). Staff, train, and maintain Reactor Data Link (RDL) codes. Evaluate plant conditions; plan, train, exercise, install, maintain, and upgrade Radiological Monitoring System (RMS) equipment and equipment calibration; and maintain 24/7 RMS communications. Support state liaison duties at nuclear power plants, technical support centers, and the Emergency Operations Facility.
  2. Maintain full-time staff on-site presence at each nuclear power plant in Illinois and conduct independent reactor safety inspections. Coordinate inspections with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Inspect and certify pressure vessels at nuclear power plants.
    1. Inspect nuclear power plants, coordinate inspections with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and coordinate with IEPA inspections and certifications of pressure vessels at nuclear power plants. Conduct independent reactor safety inspections and inspections of spent fuel installations. Protect citizens from the potentially harmful effects of ionizing radiation. Provide early warning of any potential issues.
  3. Respond to nuclear facility and other radiological emergencies and events, perform reactor and environmental analysis, and support state liaison duties at Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Technical Support Centers and the Emergency Operations Facility and other critical Illinois facilities in the event of a radiological emergency.
    Source of Funds General Revenue Fund, Nuclear Safety Emergency Preparedness Fund Statutory Authority 20 ILCS 3310/5
    Fiscal Year 2021 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2020 Actual Fiscal Year 2020 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2019 Actual Fiscal Year 2018 Actual
    Input Indicators
    Total expenditures - all sources (in thousands) $ 5,636.8 $ 4,187.5 $ 4,978.1 $ 4,977.8 $ 4,520.6
    Total expenditures - state appropriated funds (in thousands) $ 5,636.8 $ 4,187.5 $ 4,978.1 $ 4,977.8 $ 4,520.6
    Average monthly full-time equivalents 21 20 22 23 22
    Output Indicators
    Percentage of FEMA- evaluated objectives met 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
    Outcome Indicators
    Percentage of radiological task force participating in exercises 100 % 33.3 % 100 % 100 % 72.5 %
    Number of nuclear power plant inspections conducted 750 660 750 738 605
    Explanatory Information

    1st quarter - 33.33% of IEMA staff participated in graded exercise with 100% of FEMA objectives met. 2nd quarter - partial exercises only and was not FEMA-evaluated. IEMA did not participate in a graded REP exercise during the 3rd and 4th quarters due to COVID-19 response. 3rd quarter number of nuclear power plant inspections were lowered due to COVID-19 response.

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