U.S. helps Spain install nuclear detection devices in seaports
The United States has agreed to help Spain install special nuclear material detection devices at its busiest cargo ports.
The agreement is part of the U.S. Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration Megaports Initiative, a program developed to stop the illicit trade of nuclear and other radioactive material. This is the fifth cooperative agreement and joins efforts in the Netherlands (Rotterdam), Greece (Piraeus), Sri Lanka and Belgium.
“The specialized radiation detection technology deployed under this program is based on technologies originally by department laboratories as part of overall U.S. government efforts to guard against proliferation of weapons materials,” the Energy Department said in a Dec. 21 news release.