[ RadSafe ] Press Release: 220 Radioactive Sources Removed From Georgia School
crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 15 10:43:12 CST 2005
This was pointed out to me through another list
server. The whole body irradiator where I worked was
orginially loaded with 320,000 Ci of Co-60.
NNSA Press Release - 220 Radioactive Sources Removed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2005
220 Radioactive Sources Removed From Georgia
Material that could have been be used for "dirty
bombs" is now safe
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Nuclear Security
Administration (NNSA) announced today the removal of
68,000 curies of radioactive cobalt-60 from the
Neally Nuclear Research Center at the Georgia
Institute of Technology campus in downtown Atlanta.
The successful operation was recently completed and
the material has been secured.
The 220 sealed sources of cobalt-60 were recovered in
three separate loads by the Los Alamos National
Laboratory (LANL) for NNSA's Global Threat Reduction
Initiative (GTRI) program and sent to the Nevada Test
Site for permanent disposal. The material had been
used by the school for research in the fields of
materials science, genetics, radiation shielding, and
biological materials processing, and was housed in a
15-foot deep pool that provided shielding. Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory also provided support
for the operation.
NNSA Administrator Linton F. Brooks commended the
operation, saying it was important to keep dirty bomb
material safe and secure from terrorists. "It is
critical to our national security efforts that excess
and unwanted radiological sources be disposed of in a
responsible manner. Together, NNSA and two of our
national laboratories have safely disposed of
material from Georgia Tech that could have been used
for dirty bombs. We will continue aggressively
working to keep this kind of material out of the
hands of terrorists," he said.
One of NNSA's top priorities is removing and securing
materials that pose a safety hazard and national
security risk. To date, NNSA has recovered almost
12,000 radiation sources and placed them in safe and
secure storage away from the public and
environmentally sensitive areas.
The effort is managed by the LANL Nuclear
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,
the Bush administration accelerated the recovery of
unwanted radioactive sources and material that could
be used to make a dirty bomb.
LANL supports the GTRI program by assisting in the
recovery and disposition of excess, unwanted, and/or
abandoned radioactive sealed sources and other
radioactive material. Sources containing radioactive
plutonium, americium, cesium, cobalt and strontium
have been recovered from medical, agricultural,
research and industrial locations throughout the
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a
semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of
Energy responsible for enhancing national security
through the military application of nuclear energy.
NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security,
reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear
weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to
reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction;
provides the U.S.
Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and
responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in
the U.S. and abroad.
Bryan Wilkes, NNSA (202) 586-7371
Release No. NA-05-33
"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
"John F. Kennedy, U.S. President and former Naval Officer
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
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