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Kazakhstan Gets Radioactive Material Mover

Kazakhstan has taken possession of an automobile built to facilitate protected transfers of radioactive cargo, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration said on Wednesday (see GSN, July 27).

The Kazakh Atomic Energy Institute's National Nuclear Center in Kurchatov received the system as the result of a Dutch monetary donation to the NNSA Global Threat Reduction Initiative.

“Our partnership here in Kurchatov and throughout Kazakhstan underscores a continued, shared commitment to the security of radioactive material,” NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington said in a statement. “With the commissioning of this secure transportation vehicle, we have enhanced the level of radiological security in Kazakhstan -- a key partner in the region."

The Dutch support has also paid for a hardened automobile for the Kazakh Mangyshlak Atomic Energy Complex; a radiological material detection and protection class for Kazakh authorities; and gear for analyzing radioactive substances.

The remainder of the tranche would underwrite activities aimed at finding and retrieving "orphaned" radioactive material caches at locations designated by Kazakhstan, according to the NNSA press release (U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration release, Aug. 8).

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