International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear Emergencies to the Public, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2018, Vienna, Austria
October 1 - 5, 2018
Dr. Dean Kyne participated in the International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear Emergencies to the Public, the first symposium organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria between October 1 and 3, 2018.
Nuclear Power Emergency in the United States of America: Challenges Associated with Standard Operation Procedure and Emergency Evacuation Content
This study examines if the public could be informed during and after the nuclear power plant emergencies in a timely manner to evacuate. The study stimulates a nuclear power plant core meltdown accident in order to estimate the time required to complete the tasks designated in the standard operation procedure. The study finds that one of the most challenges with nuclear power plant emergencies is to inform the public in a timely manner. Recommendations are provided to effectively manage the nuclear power emergencies in US.
Expected Benefits to Society
Dr. Kyne’s study provides valuable findings that demonstrate urgency to improve nuclear power emergency management plan in order to effectively management nuclear power emergencies and save lives of individuals living around the nuclear power plants.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s analysis using 2000 census data, there were 184 million people who lived within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant in the U.S., the NRC reported. His study’s findings could potentially save lives of more than 184 million people living around the nuclear power plants in US. In addition, his study could provide guidelines to other countries to save lives of many millions of people living around other nuclear power plants and reduce their vulnerability to risks associated with nuclear power emergencies.
Dr. Kyne expressed his gratefulness to the College of Liberal Arts, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success, and P-16 Integration, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology for funding his travel.
Feedback from Conference Participants
Dr. Kyne’s study received interests from participants who are around the world. They strongly encouraged to publish his study in a peer-reviewed journal.
September 30, 2018: Departed McAllen, TX at 12:59 PM
October 1, 2018: Arrived Vienna, Austria at 1:30 PM
October 1, 2018: Attended the IAEA Conference at 4:00 PM
October 2, 2018: Conducted presentation at the conference
October 3, 2018: Visited a few places between 4:00 and 8:00 PM
October 4, 2018: Departed Vienna at 7:45 AM
October 4, 2018: Arrived McAllen at 7:30 PM
Total estimated travel miles: 12,400 (McAllen—>Dallas—>London—>Vienna)
Travel to Vienna
Dr. Kyne left McAllen, TX on September 30 in the afternoon and he arrived Vienna, Austria in the afternoon of October 1, 2018. He was seen with the American Airline aircraft that took him to Vienna at the Vienna International Airport on October 1, 2018.