Nuclear threat training planned
September 13, 2012 · 4:17 PM
Eagle Harbor will be buzzing with activity over the next few days as officials conduct a training exercise to combat nuclear and radiological threats.
A total of 26 agencies from federal, regional, state, local and first responders are taking part in drills to detect radioactive and nuclear materials.
The Combined Preventative Radiological/Nuclear Detection Training Drills will take place in Eagle Harbor and Possession Sound near Everett on Saturday,
Officials said residents may notice an increase in law enforcement vessels in the waters between Eagle Harbor and Possession Sound.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is sponsoring the event, and the exercise will revolve around reducing the risk of the illegal transportion of radiological and nuclear materials by small vessels of less than 300 gross tons.
Human and boat portable detection devices will be used.
Because of its military presence and commercial significance, the Puget Sound was selected as an ideal location for the training. The drills will also be held in San Diego, Calif.