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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Aust tests response to attack on reactor


3:05pm April 21, 2013
Just days after the arrest of a suspect in the Boston bomb attack, Australian authorities are testing their own response to a terrorist attack on the nation's [only] nuclear reactor.
Exercise Baryon, which was planned well before events in the US, will run until 8pm (AEST) on Sunday at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) facility at Lucas Heights in Sydney's south.
The exercise will test local and national agencies' capacity to respond to a high-level security threat.
Authorities were tight-lipped about the nature of the mock threat but did say that at least 200 NSW and commonwealth personnel would take part, including negotiators.
Other participants would include state and federal police officers, Fire and Rescue NSW, paramedics, ANSTO and the attorney-general's department and defence force.
NSW Police Specialist Operations Commander Catherine Burns said even those involved in Baryon did not know what was coming.
"They will be put out of their comfort zone, because if we don't do it as close to reality (as possible) then we won't know if we can respond," she told reporters at Lucas Heights.

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