More than 21,000 medical, industrial, and academic facilities in the U.S. are licensed to use radioactive materials, and there are many similar sites around the world. The materials are used for various purposes, including medical and veterinary treatments, industrial applications, and academic research. There is great concern at agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and Interpol, among others, that nuclear materials may be used as Weapons of Mass Disruption by terrorists or can be released by a natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane. In the wrong hands, they could be used in a radioactive dispersal device (RDD), a so-called “dirty bomb,” or be released into the environment through other means. Under extreme conditions, they can cause fatalities, serious injuries, and environmental damage, which could require costly decontamination or abandonment of valuable locations. Deployment of an RDD could cause disruption of commerce, denial of critical services and infrastructure, or loss of access to public locations.
This web site is devoted to reducing the threat to the United States by increasing the security for sites that store and use radioactive materials. Unlike bomb grade materials, such as are of concern in Iran, North Korea and other rogue nations, Medical, Industrial and Academic Nuclear (MIAN) materials are not capable of causing an atomic explosion. However, even though a Radioactive Material Dispersal Device (RDD) is not a weapon of mass destruction, such as a nuclear warhead or atomic bomb that utilizes either fission or fusion of highly refined nuclear materials, an RDD is a weapon of mass disruption or a disruptive radiation device (DRD). While a DRD is unlikely to cause large numbers of fatalities or serious injuries, it could have devastating economic consequences caused by the denial of access to key critical infrastructure components.
The information contained on this site is intended to assist in increasing the security of all sites where such materials are stored and reducing the threat of having these materials, which can be life saving, used against us.
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SecureRam.com contains a number of resources for increasing the security of radioactive materials (go to Downloads page).
December 01, 2013