Tests of radiation detectors performed last year by the Department of Homeland Security showed inconclusive results. The intention is to use these detectors at U.S. borders and ports to find nuclear materials in cross border shipments and prevent terrorist attacks.
In the new report, the review team concluded that the testing last year was not able to show whether the machines, known as advanced spectroscopic portal radiation monitors, or ASPs, could “detect and identify actual objects that might be smuggled” into the country, according to portions of the report released by Congress.
A proposed project would involve installation of as many as 1,400 ASPs, which cost about $377,000 each. Several congressional representatives are calling for a hold on the project until testing can confirm whether these detectors work as well as proponents have stated.
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