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Installation of Radiation Portal Monitors at the Land Borders Completed


September 21, 2009

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the area port of Alaska has recently completed the installation of Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs) at all of the land border crossings in the state. The locations include Alcan, Dalton Cache, Skagway and Poker Creek Ports of Entry.

According to a news release, Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs) are detection devices that provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection with a passive, non-intrusive means to scan cargo containers and other conveyances for the presence of nuclear and radiological materials. These systems are capable of detecting various types of radiation emanating from nuclear devices, dirty bombs, special nuclear materials, natural sources, and isotopes commonly used in medicine and industry.

Alaska Area Port Director Lance E Robinson stated that "The deployment of RPM's is one component in Customs and Border Protection's layered defense to prevent terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the United States".



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U.S. Customs and Border Protection


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