Preventing a Dirty Bomb: New NTI Report Offers Case Studies on Risk Mitigation Through Replacing Cesium-137 Irradiators

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The ingredients
needed to build a radiological “dirty” bomb can be found in hundreds of facilities
around the United States, many of them vulnerable to theft. As a result,
experts believe the likelihood of a terrorist detonating a dirty bomb is much
higher than an improvised nuclear device. To address the risk posed by cesium-137, the most
 potentially dangerous radioactive source, the Nuclear Threat
Initiative (NTI) works 
with hospitals,
research universities, and other stakeholders in the United States and around
the world to encourage the replacement of irradiators in blood sterilization
and research applications with alternative x-ray technologies.

The new
NTI report, 
Preventing a Dirty
Bomb: Case Studies and Lessons Learned
solutions for securing and eliminating radiological sources and shares case
studies from successful efforts at Emory University in Atlanta, across the
University of California system, and in New York City. Progress to date has
been remarkable: In New York, for example, 15 of the city’s 32 cesium-137
irradiators in use as of 2014 have been replaced and seven more are pending.

Preventing a
Dirty Bomb

serves as a guide and a toolkit for those interested in addressing the risks and
understanding the technologies involved.

the full report here.

informational brochure on this topic can be found

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