BOSTON – On April 12 through April 15, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) will conduct low-altitude helicopter flights around Boston to measure naturally occurring background radiation.
Officials from NNSA announced that the radiation assessment will cover approximately 13 square miles. A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, operated
by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Joint Base Andrews, will be equipped with radiation sensing technology. The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the area at 150 feet (or higher) above the ground
surface, at a speed of approximately 80 miles per hour. Flyovers will occur only during daylight hours and are estimated
to take about two days to complete.
The measurement of naturally occurring radiation to establish baseline levels is a normal part of security and
emergency preparedness. NNSA is making the public aware of the upcoming flights so that citizens who see the
low-flying aircraft are not alarmed.
FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will host a functional exercise
for the 2016 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. read more