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U.S. Cuts Budget for Nuclear Monitoring at Foreign Ports

By ACFEI Staff2, CHS-III      ( 0 ) Comments   |   Published On Thursday, December 20th, 2012

U.S. Cuts Budget for Nuclear Monitoring at Foreign Ports

In 2003 the United States decided to install radiation detection equipment in 100 large ports around the world, and train local personnel in using the equipment, so that ship containers could be scanned for nuclear material before the ship left for the United States.

So far, equipment has been deployed in forty-two ports; after GAO criticism of the quality of the scanning equipment and of lack of coordination between two similar container scanning programs, the National Nuclear Security Administrations 2013 budget will be cut by 85 percent, and further installations will be canceled

The administration plans on cutting back funds for installing nuclear and radiation detection equipment in overseas mega-ports. The plan was for the detection devices to scan shipping containers headed to the United States.

WND reports that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) planned on installing radiation and nuclear detection equipment at 100 large ports in thirty-one countries, but after spending around $850 million, only forty-two of the scanners were installed.

The NNSA, facing an 85 percent reduction in its budget in 2013, has since cancelled planned deployments of equipment in five countries.

Source: Homeland Security Newswire, http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20121219-u-s-cuts-budget-for-nuclear-monitoring-at-foreign-ports

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