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Unformatted text preview: Department of Defense DIRECTIVE NUMBER 5230.16 December 20, 1993 Certified Current as of November 21, 2003 ATSD(PA) SUBJECT: Nuclear Accident and Incident Public Affairs (PA) Guidance References: (a) DoD Directive 5230.16, subject as above, February 7, 1983 (hereby canceled) (b) Federal Preparedness Circular 8, &quot;Public Affairs in Emergencies,&quot; June 22, 1989 1 (c) DoD Directive 5100.52, &quot;DoD Response to an Accident or Significant Incident Involving Radioactive Materials,&quot; December 21, 1989 (d) Executive Order 12356, &quot;National Security Information,&quot; April 2, 1982 (e) through (h), see enclosure 1 1. REISSUANCE AND PURPOSE This Directive: 1.1. Reissues reference (a) to update DoD policy, responsibilities, and procedures for the prompt release of information to the public in the interest of public safety, and to prevent public alarm in the event of accidents or significant incidents involving nuclear weapons or nuclear components, radioactive material, nuclear weapon launch or transport vehicles (when a nuclear weapon is aboard), or nuclear reactors under DoD control. 1.2. Updates DoD policy, responsibilities, and procedures during an improvised nuclear device (IND) incident. ____________ 1 Available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW, Washington, DC 20429. DoDD 5230.16, December 20, 1993 2 2. APPLICABILITY This Directive applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Departments, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Unified Commands, the Defense Agencies, and the DoD Field Activities (hereafter referred to collectively as &quot;the DoD Components&quot;). The term &quot;Military Departments,&quot; as used herein, refers to the Airy, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps. 3. DEFINITIONS Terms used in this Directive are defined in enclosure 2. 4. POLICY It is DoD policy: 4.1. To establish efficient and effective procedures for the release of information to the public in the event of nuclear accidents, IND incidents, or nuclear weapon significant incidents. These procedures include exceptions to the policy of neither confirming nor denying the presence or absence of nuclear weapons at any specified location. 4.2. That in a nuclear weapon accident occurring in the United States, its territories or possessions, the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (ATSD(PA)) and the On-Scene Commander (OSC) are required to confirm to the general public the presence or absence of nuclear weapons or radioactive nuclear components, when necessary, in the interest of public safety or to reduce or prevent widespread public alarm. Notification of public authorities is also required if the public is, or may be, in danger of radiation exposure or other danger posed by the weapon or its components....
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