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10 June 2012

Cobalt Transport Update

Representation within IAEA There are several organizations that have an active interest in the problems associated with global transport of Cobalt-60; these include iiA, ISSPA, GIPA, CORAR, WNTI, WNA who have various levels of recognition and representation with the IAEA. Part of the challenge over recent months has been to ensure that these groups send […]

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5 August 2010

2010 IAEA publication, Radiation Safety of Gamma, Electron and X Ray Irradiation Facilities Safety Guide.

Radiation Safety of Gamma, Electron and X Ray Irradiation Facilities Safety Guide – 2010 Publication.IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSG-8 This Safety Guide provides recommendations on how to meet the requirements of the Basic Safety Standards with regard to irradiation facilities. It gives practical information on the safe design and operation of gamma, electron and […]

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30 April 2009

NRC Directs Staff to Enhance Security of Cesium Chloride

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has directed the agency staff to continue enhancing the security of cesium chloride radiation sources, while encouraging research and further technological developments for alternative chemical forms of cesium-137. The Commission agreed with the staff’s position in a paper presented last November that near-term replacement of cesium chloride sources in existing […]

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28 January 2009

NRC Staff Recommends Security over Replacement Cesium

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has recommended a continued emphasis on improving the security of cesium chloride radiation sources instead of replacing or banning them, citing their beneficial uses in medicine and industry and the lack of effective alternatives at the present time. “These radiation sources (in research irradiators) perform critical functions in blood sterilization […]

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9 June 2008

Control of High-activity Sealed Radioactive Sources and Orphan sources (HASS)

22 December 2003 | The EU Council Directive 2003/122/Euratom of on the control of high-activity sealed radioactive sources and orphan sources [Official Journal L 346 of 31.12.2003]. This directive will have major implications on all companies and organisations involved in the storage of sources and as such iia will be working with organisations such as […]

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9 June 2008

IAEA International Conference on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

25 June – 1 July 2005 | IAEA International Conference on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, meeting report by Paul Wynne, iia Director. The iia was invited to participate when IAEA recognized our NGO status. The Conference The conference was attended by approximately 300 Regulators from almost 70 countries together with a variety […]

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9 June 2008

NRC Letter on Security and Control of Radioactive Sources to GOA and GOA Response

1 May 2006 | The US NRC has issued a very good 4-page letter to the Chairman, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs with respect to the security and control of radioactive sources. This was in response to the Government Accountability Office’s (GOA) actions in transporting (smuggling) a very small […]

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1 December 2006

Dirty Bomber’s Deadly Plots Exposed

Recently convicted terrorist Dhiren Barot engaged in a variety of feasibility studies to wreak large-scale attacks on western targets that included the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives. Hidden deep within his files, police discovered numerous research papers, documents and plans prepared for approval by al-Queda leadership. Simplicity of the plan […]

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1 December 2006

A Different World and Cobalt-60

Terrorist Dhiren Barot reminds us of the depravity of those we are up against and it is indeed a different world we live in. The IAEA statistics can be interpreted that authorities are more successful in sharing information, tracking incidents and stopping potential terrorists. What does this mean for our industry? The fact is cobalt-60 […]

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30 November 2006

IAEA Report: Illicit Trafficking of Radioactive Materials

On August 21 2006 the IAEA released a report on, “Illicit Trafficking and Other Unauthorized Activities involving Nuclear and Radioactive Materials”. Established in 1995, the Agency’s Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) covers a broad range of cases from illegal possesion, attempted sale and smugling to unauthorized disposal of materials and discoveries of lost radiological or ” […]

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