Today, NTI Vice President Andrew Bieniawski joins the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as the keynote speaker at their conference on eliminating radiological risks through the adoption of alternative technology. Bieniawski’s presentation will assess current risks and vulnerabilities of high-activity radioactive sources, particularly the cesium-137 in hospital blood irradiators, and emphasize security gaps and the potential consequences of a radioactive “dirty bomb.”
The conference is part of a city-wide campaign led by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to significantly reduce radiological risks in the city. A live webcast of the day-long conference, which begins at 10 am ET, can be found here.
Reducing radiological risks is a core priority for NTI, in partnership with hospitals, governments and the private sector—in the United States and globally—to raise awareness about the risks posed by cesium-137 and other dangerous isotopes that could be stolen and used to build a dirty bomb. NTI encourages the use, where feasible, of safe and effective alternative technologies for eliminating the threat permanently.
Read more about NTI’s work on this issue:
- Preventing a Dirty Bomb: Engaging
Hospitals, Industry and Governments on Radiological Risks (Project Page)
- Preventing a Dirty Bomb: Effective
Alternative Technologies for Radiological Security (Brochure)
- NTI and State of California Partner to
Reduce Radiological “Dirty Bomb” Risks
- Pool Re and the Nuclear Threat Initiative
Highlight Radiological Security Efforts