The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), in cooperation with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Public Health, hosted a Radiological Security Workshop in Irvine, CA to explore ways to reduce the risks posed by radiological materials.
The May 2-3, 2017 workshop included presentations from state and federal law enforcement officials, public health and hospital administrators, emergency response team leaders, and nuclear and radiological security experts. NTI Co-Chairman and CEO Sam Nunn, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Governor Jerry Brown addressed the workshop by video.
The 60 participants discussed radiological risk mitigation in California, which has a large number of high activity radiological sources. The workshop highlighted steps that can be taken to better secure these sources and, where feasible, replace them with safe and effective alternative technologies. Participants reviewed a “case study” model of efforts being implemented in New York City.
“We are delighted to be working closely with Governor Brown’s office, the California Department of Public Health, and Senator Feinstein, and we are grateful for their leadership in addressing these important security risks,” said Nunn. “We also appreciate the commitment of all those who attended the two-day workshop. It is crucial that governments and the private sector work in tandem to prevent a terrorist from getting the material to build a dirty bomb.”
Through its Radiological Security Program, NTI works closely with numerous government and industry stakeholders to address the growing radiological threat. Among them: New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Mount Sinai Health System, Emory University Hospital, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and its Office of Radiological Security.
For more information, see NTI’s new brochure on the threat posed by the radioactive isotope used in hospital blood irradiators, cesium-137, and the available safe and effective alternative technologies.
Cathy Gwin (NTI)