NNSA Official Testifies Before House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Radiological Threats
September 14, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kenneth Sheely, Associate Assistant Deputy Administrator for Global Threat Reduction at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats during a field hearing in Brooklyn, NY. Sheely highlighted the role that NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) plays in further improving the security on high-risk radioactive sources.
NNSA's "GTRI works very closely with its federal partners, each of which has a unique role ensuring a comprehensive system of oversight, prevention, and protection of civilian radiological sources," said Sheely.
Sheely noted that NNSA has initiated a number of voluntary security efforts to further mitigate potential threats. "These include eliminating unwanted sources, hardening kits for specific irradiators, facility wide voluntary security enhancements, specialized training courses for security and law enforcement personnel, and table top exercises for first responders."
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