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NNSA holds Asian regional radiological security workshop

May 8, 2018

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Regional Review Meeting participants discuss sustaining radiological security upgrades.
Regional Review Meeting participants discuss sustaining radiological security upgrades. 

NNSA’s Office of Radiological Security (ORS) recently joined more than 20 partner nations and representatives from international organizations to discuss radiological security implementation at the sixth annual Regional Review Meeting on Radiological Security in Sri Lanka. 

The focus of ORS cooperation is to secure high-activity radioactive sources to prevent terrorists from obtaining the material they need to build a radiological dispersal device or “Dirty Bomb.”

The meeting was hosted by the Sri Lankan Atomic Energy Regulatory Council, with support from NNSA. Regional meetings like this one are key to sustaining the area’s radiological security.

Attendees took part in a World Institute for Nuclear Security seminar to discuss reducing risk by adopting alternative technologies for high-activity radioactive sources. The seminar emphasized the security and business advantages of transitioning to alternative technologies, including medical equipment that uses X-rays instead of relying on radioactive sources. By adopting these technologies, partners can reduce threats without hindering important medical and industrial activities.

The workshop included presentations from regulatory agencies and experts in law enforcement, emergency response, and medical facility management discussing responses to radioactive material theft and radiological security culture.

Finally, participants shared lessons they have learned and the actions they plan to take after returning to their home country. NNSA’s Office of Radiological Security will work closely with its international partners and sponsor the seventh Regional Review Meeting on Radiological Security in early 2020.