[ RadSafe ] 10-4 good buddy, it's a 9/11 inspection
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Fri Oct 13 12:13:04 CDT 2006
10-4 good buddy, it's a 9/11 inspection
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 12, 2006
MONTEAGLE, Tenn. — State troopers and officials with a dozen other
agencies inspected trucks at 17 sites for hazardous materials in an
anti-terrorism exercise that authorities said could set standards for
the rest of the country.
"It's the first simultaneous operation of this magnitude attempted by
any state in this country," Col. Mike Walker said of Wednesday's operation.
At the brake check site on Monteagle Mountain, men huddled around a
portable radiation monitor as a truck filled with potash was checked
when it set off the radiation sensor.
"They stopped me at the (U.S.-Canadian) border when I crossed there,"
said truck driver Gerald Kehler, who was traveling from the Canadian
province of Manitoba to Tampa. "But they didn't open it up like they did
Officials used a machine manufactured by NucSafe Inc. to detect any
radiation coming from trucks.
"Our focus is to inspect overseas containers and hazardous materials
trucks and tankers," said THP Sgt. John Harmon, who coordinated the
effort at Monteagle. "Every truck that passes this site will be scanned
for radiological material or nuclear material."
Many legal materials, like the load of potash, have low levels of
radiation that the machine can detect.
"What we are trying to do is 'fingerprint' these substances so we can
reduce false positives," said Bill Richardson, an expert from Oak Ridge
National Laboratories who was at the inspection site. "After an officer
gets 10 or 20 hits like this, they are apt to let their guard down."
The inspectors also checked the trucks for illegal explosives.
Officer T.C. Vaughan of the Tuscaloosa, Ala., Police Department and his
bomb detection dog, Baco, circled more than two dozen rigs searching for
explosives. None were found.
About 700 trucks were inspected in the first three hours of operation at
Monteagle. Total numbers for the 17 inspection sites won't be available
until Monday, state officials said.
"This has never been done before," Harmon said. "We are setting the
standard for the rest of the country."
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