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Updated: 24-Jul-2002 EADRCC Exercises


 

Exercise "Bogorodsk 2002"

Lead in scenario and situation
at the Start of the Exercise

Following the events on 11 September 2001, in the United States, the international community intensified antiterrorist efforts and activities. Also the Russian authorities have taken active measures in order to strengthen the protection of potentially hazardous installation.

At the end of August 2002, the Russian authorities received confirmed information that a terrorist group has penetrated into the territory of the Russian Federation with the objective to conduct a large-scale act of terrorism in one of the regions of the country. Consequently, national anti-terrorist forces mobilised their assets and carried out preparatory activities. EMERCOM of Russia undertook appropriate preventive measures to be ready to respond to possible terrorist attacks on potentially hazardous installations.

At 05:00 in the morning of 22 September 2002 a terrorist attack occurred in the fertiliser production factory in Noginsk City. An explosion heavily damaged the production buildings and set them on fire. However, the manufacturing process has not stopped and it was no longer under control. Dangerous chemical substances were released into the atmosphere. The explosion and the fires resulted in fatal casualties and injured people.
The fertiliser production factory had the following stocks of dangerous substances when the explosion occurred:

  • Ammonia 14 tons
  • Ammonia Nitrate 200 tons
  • Chlorine 450 tons
  • Nitric Acid 15 tons
  • Phosgene 150 tons
  • Phosphor 400 tons
  • Phosphoric Acid 15 tons
  • Sulphuric Acid 300 tons

All forces and facilities of EMERCOM Central Region were immediately alerted and the first rescue teams arrived at the disaster area at 09:00.

It was estimated that the contaminated area would be approximately 60 square kilometres with a population of about 150.000 people.

At 17:00 22 September 2002, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the EADRCC and requested international assistance.

Throughout 23 September 2002, the rescue activities continued and local population was evacuated from areas of potential contamination.

On 24 September 2002, the international teams arrived to the disaster area. The Russian LEMA together with representatives from the international teams made an assessment of the capabilities of the teams and developed a plan for action. Early morning 25 September 2002 the international teams were ready to respond.

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