U.S. Confirms Effort to Stop Using ‘Dirty Bomb’ Materials

Posted March 25, 2014 at 5:00am

“U.S. officials confirmed on Monday that they will launch an effort to help limit the prospect of “dirty bomb” attacks by working to phase out certain radiological materials,” National Journal reports.

“This unilateral “house gift” that U.S. officials offered at the biennial gathering of world leaders follows calls from nonproliferation advocates for the United States and United Kingdom to lead an effort that could enable a global phase-out of selected radiological materials used in the medical field.”

“As Global Security Newswire reported last week , a report from James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies suggested that hospitals and blood banks move away from the use of cesium chloride. The radioactive substance presently is used for irradiating blood prior to transfusion, in order to prevent a rare but lethal complication known as graft-versus-host disease. Paired with conventional explosives, such substances could potentially be dispersed over a wide area in a dirty bomb attack, creating dangerous contamination.”