U.S. Ports Want More Action on Dirty Bomb Prevention

Maritime Executive

Bird's Eye view of APL terminal in Port of L.A./Long Beach.

The threat of terrorist smuggling at U.S. ports appears to be increasing, says the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), who wants mechanisms to prevent cyber terrorism and illegal nuclear materials from being trafficked through ports intensified.

Nuclear smuggling can involve small quantities of highly enriched uranium or plutonium that could be used to build an improvised nuclear device. Additionally, radiological materials, such as cesium-137, cobalt-60, and strontium-90, can be combined with conventional explosives to build a radiological dispersal device, often referred to as a dirty bomb.

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One comment on “U.S. Ports Want More Action on Dirty Bomb Prevention
  1. Here I thought our Gov. was already do this. Beefing up more security.!! So instead of them doing their job correctly. They just must have their political correctness done first.!!! And you want the American people to put their trust in you. Your a joke. You have made this stupid Gov so BIG you can’t see what is happening around you. You all are looking in the wrong directions. Would you get your priorities straight and protect around our borders and harbors. What is this a ref citizen has to tell you how to run the ship.—–PLEASE –WAKE THE HELL UP.!!

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