PNNL creates device for monitoring for radiation along borders


Pacific Northwest National Labs have created a device to monitor for radiation and that device has now been installed at 850 locations along the Canadian and Mexican borders where US Custom Agents are stationed.

As vehicles drive slowly through the border, they pass a monitor that can detect radiation in small amounts, as the instruments are highly sensitive. Vehicles that register a suspicious reading will be stopped and searched for contraband.

Around 400  people work on this project in the Richland labs, and they report a satisfaction for the type of work they do to help protect our nation. The focus now for this project will be start installation of these devices at airports and seaports and is a portion of a $1 billion Department of Homeland Security program.

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