Posted by: keithrey | September 14, 2009

IP Radiation Security Associates submits testimony to Congressional hearing on radiological source security

US House of Representatives Radiological Source Security Hearing

US House of Representatives Radiological Source Security Hearing

Keith Reynolds, principal, of IP Radiation Security Associates submitted this testimony to the congressional record as part of the Hearing before the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, Science and Technology:

Click here to read: IPRSA Statement for the Record (PDF open in new window)

This testimony outlines the scope of the problem radiological security represents, defines how IP Radiation Security can help government and private NRC licensees provide better, more cost-effective security for source materials.

Based on my attendance, it should be noted that there was a review of the good work being done by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  The New York City Police testified and clearly have developed the model for others to learn from.  The GAO and SUNY also addressed our nation’s preparedness to respond and recover from an attacks using radiological or nuclear materials.  In speaking with attendees, there was also an acknowledgment of just how much work lies ahead to secure our nation’s facilities that house source materials and protect our cities against a malicious radiological attack.  It is my contention that we are one incident away from this topic being re-prioritized in the national dialog. 

I commend Congresswoman Clarke and the committee for keeping focus on this important issue. Support HR 2070, the Radiological Materials Security Act.

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