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Radiation Sensors Deployed in Latvia

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration on Friday said radiation sensors had been activated at Freeport of Riga in Latvia as a means of deterring the smuggling of substances that could be used to produce nuclear or radiological weapons (see GSN, Dec. 4, 2007).

The nuclear agency and the Border Guard of Latvia since 2007 have collaborated under the NNSA Second Line of Defense program on detection efforts at seven locations and a training facility in the European state.

Second Line of Defense deploys fixed and movable radiation sensors at borders, seaports and airports in partner nations.

“We appreciate Latvia’s commitment to advancing our shared effort to prevent dangerous nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists, smugglers and proliferators,” NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington said in a press release. “By preventing the smuggling of nuclear materials across international borders, we are working together to implement President Obama’s nuclear security agenda while promoting peace and security around the world. We look forward to our continued work with our Latvian partners to make the world a safer place" (U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration release, June 15).

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