THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board
Committee on Radiation Source Use and Replacement
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
2108 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 8:00 a.m.
805 Hart Senate Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
476 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 10:30 a.m.
Radiation Source Use and Replacement
Requested by Congress in P.L. 109-58, this new report from the National Research Council, examines the use of high-risk radioactive materials found in medical and research equipment that could be accidentally dispersed or utilized to make a dirty bomb in a terrorist attack. The report also identifies lower-risk alternatives that would not change the performance of the devices, and recommends options to remove and replace the high-risk sources.
These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on February 20, 2008 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.