News of the WeekRADIOLOGICAL TERRORISM

New Effort Aims to Thwart Dirty Bombers

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Science  21 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5576, pp. 2117-2119
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5576.2117b

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- Under an agreement expected to be announced next week, Russia will provide information on stray radioactive materials across the former Soviet Union that could be used in dirty bombs, and the U.S. Department of Energy will provide initial funding of roughly $40 million over the next 2 years to track them down. Lending extra urgency to the initiative are revelations about the legacy of a secret Soviet research program to spray radioactive cesium on agricultural fields.