COMMISSION FOR BASIC SYSTEMS
EMERGENCY RESPOSE ACTIVITIES COORDINATION GROUP
EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM RELATING TO THE PROVISIONAL AGENDA
1. OPENING OF THE MEETING
At the kind invitation of the Government of USA, the CBS Emergency Response Activities Co-ordination Group will be held in Washington, D.C, USA, from 10 to 14 September 2001.
2. ORGANIZATION OF THE MEETING
2.1 Adoption of the agenda
The session will be invited to consider the provisional agenda with a view to its adoption.
2.2 Other organizational questions
The working group will agree on details concerning the organization of its work including working hours.
Items 3 to 9 of the agenda cover the terms of reference of the Co-ordination Group given by CBS-XII and include related identified issues, as follows;
Develop, test detailed operational procedures for IAEAs notification of the WMO (RTH Offenbach, WMO Secretariat and RSMCs).
Examine the development of detailed procedures to activate additional observations in the event of nuclear accident;
Demonstrate the role of NMHS in EER;
Explore possible co-operation with the CTBTO, including testing of concepts of operational arrangements;
Study the feasibility of using atmospheric transport modelling for the prediction of volcanic ash in relation to general public safety
10. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The meeting will consider among other issues that may be raised, clarifications of implementation of Amendment 72 to ICAO Annex 3 specifically on "airborne radioactivity".