NYC using new nuclear material detection technology
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February 9 '07: The Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is supervising a new technology installation around the city of New York which would help city and state officials detect radiological and nuclear material used in making dirty bombs, the New York Times reported.
Costs for the project have not been released to the public, although major funding has come from the federal government. Estimates, according to officials, could reach upwards of a billion dollars. According to the Times, initial installations would be located on Staten Island while future projects would include city subways, tunnels and major roadway detectors."The network would most likely include truck inspection stations along highways approaching New York," the Times reported. Those stations "would be equipped with radiation detection devices. ... Devices might also be installed at highway tollbooths and at spots where rails, boat and subway traffic could be monitored." New York City Police Chief Ray Kelly told the Times that the equipment also would be used to screen vehicles entering Lower Manhattan. "The project would complement a city program to install cameras, license plate readers and devices that can block vehicle traffic, creating a 'ring of steel' around the financial district," the Times reported.
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