[ RadSafe ] " Port gets dirty-bomb detectors "

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Tue May 8 11:11:05 CDT 2007

Of course, these systems work even better if you don't advertise their
location and how they operate.  But, of course, from a political point
of view, it is more effective to be seen doing something than it is to
not be seen doing something effective. 

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Port gets dirty-bomb detectors

ANNE SUTHERLAND, The Gazette, May 08, 2007

Two new tools to scan containers that arrive at the Port of Montreal
were unveiled yesterday.

Politicians say the devices will eliminate the chance of ''dirty bombs''
coming into the city.

A dirty bomb is a device that combines radioactive material with
conventional explosives.

Low-level radiation detector portals and a car-mounted X-ray system that
can be driven around a container are now in use at the entryway to the
port and will help fight the war on terrorism, officials said.

Federal Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and Public Works Michael
Fortier unveiled the two new devices yesterday at the offices of the
Canada Border Services Agency near the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine

Each radiation detection portal consists of two panels, four metres high
and separated by the width of a container. All arriving containers are
loaded on a transport truck and driven through the portal. The machine
identifies sources of artificial and natural radiation. Artificially
sourced radiation is associated with nuclear devices.

The radiation detector will not only sniff out bombs, but will identify
the ingredients necessary to make these kinds of bombs. The car-borne
X-ray machine is a second check for any container that emits traces of
artificially sourced radiation.

The Port of Montreal currently has two X-ray equipped vehicles and eight
portal scanners.

These two scanning systems are now in place in Montreal and Saint John,
N.B., and and are in the process of being installed in Vancouver and

The new radiation detection portal devices cost $210,000 each and the
X-ray machines cost $100,000 each, not including the cost of the

The Canada-wide budget for these new systems is $8 million, said Amelie
Morin, spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency.

About 1.3 million containers enter and leave the port every year.

asutherland at thegazette.canwest.com


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