Christopher Cacace and Stephen Musolino of the Lab’s Nonproliferation and National Security Department recently received accolades from Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph J. Krol of the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) for their assistance and relief work following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
With Mark Parsons (left) and Sam Aronson (right) are (from left), Kathleen McIntyre, BNL RAP manager, Stephen Musolino and Chris Cacace.
Cacace and Musolino, members of BNL’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP), spent three weeks in Japan with the DOE/NNSA team assessing the environmental impact from radiation releases from the damaged nuclear power plants following the natural disasters. Prior to joining the team in Japan, Musolino also spent one week with the Consequence Management Home Team at the Remote Sensing Laboratory in Las Vegas, Nevada to help assess the data from Japan.
In a letter to Lab Director Sam Aronson, Krol wrote, “The contributions, expertise, and commitment to excellence have made your personnel an invaluable part of the Department of Energy/NNSA team, and I commend you on a job well done.”
“These two members of our RAP team worked hard to provide crucial information and important analyses to the United States and Japanese governments following these tragic events,” said Aronson. “I am happy to present them with this plaque and certificates of appreciation from NNSA.”
Mark Parsons of the Brookhaven Site Office, Federal RAP Regional Response Coordinator for Region One, also personally congratulated the men. “Thank you for your hard work,” said Parsons. “Your expertise was vital to long-term stabilization and future mitigation strategies.”