Preventing Nuclear Smuggling: DOE Has Made Limited Progress in Installing Radiation Detection Equipment at Highest Priority Foreign Seaports, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the GAO (Government Accountability Office) Highlights: "Since September 11, 2001, concern has increased that terrorists could smuggle nuclear weapons or materials into this country in the approximately 7 million containers that arrive annually at U.S. seaports. Nuclear materials can be smuggled across borders by being placed inside containers aboard cargo ships. In response to this concern, since 2003, the Department of Energy (DOE) has deployed radiation detection equipment to key foreign seaports through its Megaports Initiative (Initiative). GAO examined the (1) progress DOE has made in implementing the Initiative, (2) current and expected costs of the Initiative, and (3) challenges DOE faces in installing radiation detection equipment at foreign ports. GAO recommends that DOE (1) develop a comprehensive long-term plan for the Initiative that identifies, among other things, criteria for deciding how many and which lower priority ports to complete if DOE continues to have difficulties initiating work at its highest priority ports and (2) reevaluate the current per port cost estimate and adjust long-term cost projections as necessary. DOE concurred with our recommendations. DOE is working on a plan for the Initiative and will reevaluate its cost estimate at the end of fiscal year 2005."

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