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posted: 8/28/2012 9:56 AM

IEMA seeks volunteers for radiation emergencies

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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is looking for a few good volunteers -- in case of a radiation accident near one of the state's six nuclear power plants.

The agency says it will create a pool of volunteers trained to help the state if it has to respond to a large-scale radiological accident.

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Volunteers would assist with administrative, communications and logistical duties as well as monitoring people who might be contaminated by radiation.

IEMA Director Jonathon Monken says the state has a top-notch program already, but volunteers would enhance the agency's ability to respond to a potential accident.

A pilot project will focus on developing a base of about 40 volunteers near the Dresden Nuclear power Station in Grundy County. It will eventually expand to other plants.

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