Today, NTI Executive Vice President Deborah Rosenblum discussed radiological risks at a meeting in Paris of the International Forum of Terrorism Risk (Re)insurance Pools. Rosenblum addressed representatives of the insurance and reinsurance industries, as well as government officials and industry representatives, on a conference panel titled, “New Threats, Hyper-Terrorism and Possible Mitigation of Exposures. She spoke about 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.”
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)
- Dealing with the Double-Edged Sword of Cesium Blood Irradiation (Analysis & illustrative Story Map by CNS)
- NTI and State of California Partner to Reduce Radiological “Dirty Bomb” Risks
- Pool Re and the Nuclear Threat Initiative Highlight Radiological Security Efforts