By working together, the NNSA, United Kingdom, and Georgia have enhanced radiological security in the Black Sea nation.
Representatives from the three countries gathered for a ceremony this month at the Georgian Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture in Tbilisi – the capital – to announce two milestones in nonproliferation cooperation: the dedication of a secure vehicle for moving radioactive material and the completion of radioactive source security enhancements at a local hospital.
A key part of preventing a dirty bomb is ensuring the security of radioactive sources. The new vehicle will enhance Georgia’s ability to move them safely and securely.
“Radioactive materials are most vulnerable to theft or loss during transit. This secure vehicle to Georgia underscores our shared commitment to the security of radioactive material that has lasted almost two decades,” said Dr. Brent Park, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “Thanks to the contributions of the United Kingdom, this secure transportation vehicle even further enhances the level of radiological security in Georgia.”
The hospital was also made more secure through this partnership. NNSA works around the world to install security systems at medical facilities using high-risk radioactive material. The newly installed systems detect and delay intruders and facilitate a timely and effective local law enforcement response.
The vehicle and hospital enhancements were provided as part of a joint project with the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The United States and the United Kingdom have a long history of working together to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism.
Vasil Gedevanishvili, head of Georgia’s Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety, highlighted the deployment of the new vehicle as an example of the continued cooperation between the three countries to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism. He expressed appreciation for the United States’ and United Kingdom’s continued support for enhancing the implementation of nuclear security in Georgia.