U.S. radiation detector plan stalled

A $1.2 billion program that would use high-tech monitors to detect nuclear devices in vehicles and vessels at U.S. borders and ports has been put on hold.

U.S. radiation detector plan stalled
A $1.2 billion program that would use high-tech monitors to detect nuclear devices in vehicles and vessels at U.S. borders and ports has been put on hold.

The program stalled amid allegations Department of Homeland Security officials misled the U.S. Congress by presenting a report about the effectiveness of the radiator detectors that was based on assumptions, not facts, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Congress green-lit the five-year project after Homeland Security insisted the $377,000 machines would detect highly enriched uranium 95 percent of the time.

"What this next generation of detection equipment is going to let us do is make those determinations much more precisely, much more easily and much more quickly," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

However, documents obtained and interviews conducted by the Post revealed the department's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office was unsure of how effective the detectors are.

Auditors from the Government Accountability Office found the machines' detection rates were as low as 17 percent and no higher than about 50 percent when tested, the Post said.

UPI

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