BACKGROUND & OVERVIEW

Background In September 2011, at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration/Global Threat Reduction Initiative (NNSA/GTRI), the LLW Forum formed the DSWG. The working group, which was comprised of eight Directors of the LLW Forum, solicited input from a broad range of stakeholders at 19 meetings over a 30-month…

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RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DSWG

The Disused Sources Working Group (DSWG) has developed 24 recommendations to be considered by States, Federal agencies and industry representatives in implementing individual contributions towards a timely and comprehensive solution. The full report can be found here. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DSWG: Acquisition and Accumulation Promote the reuse of sources already in inventory and the use…

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HOW TO ADDRESS ISSUES CONTRIBUTING TO DISUSED SOURCES PROBLEM?

1) Consider alternative technologies for higher activity sources. 2) Improve education and awareness of the life-cycle costs of using sources. 3) Develop programs to increase reuse and recycling of sources in storage. 4) Impose time limits on storage of disused sources. 5) Place restrictions on large inventories held by manufacturers and suppliers. 6) Modify licensing…

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WHY ARE DISUSED SOURCES A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY?

Due to the increasing use of radioactive sources within the United States along with the lack of a comprehensive database and tracking system, it has become relatively easy to obtain sealed sources. The sources could be utilized individually or in aggregate in a radiological dispersion device (RDD or dirty bomb) or in a radiation exposure…

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