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Richland lab installs 850 border radiation monitors




















RICHLAND, Wash. - Every car and truck that enters the United States through a customs station along the Canadian or Mexican borders now is screened for radioactive contraband with a system installed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
     
The Department of Energy national lab in Richland has completed installing 850 of the yellow radiation portal monitoring systems. The last one was installed in Trout River, N.Y.
     
Cars or trucks that get a suspicious reading can be stopped and searched.
     
PNNL has a wealth of experience from its work supporting nuclear cleanup at the Hanford nuclear reservation.
     
The lab now turns to installing radiation detection systems for the Homeland Security Department at airports and seaports.

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