Ignalina NPP Press Service
Due to the number of nuclear power plants that Russia built in the Soviet republics before the Iron Curtain fell, one of the biggest threats for dirty-bomb grade nuclear material theft lies within these plants because of varying safety standards. There are at present: two Soviet built reactors in Armenia; one in Kazakhstan; one in Lithuania―which was robbed of an entire uranium assembly 13 years ago―and 14 in Ukraine. There are more than 20 Soviet built reactors in for Soviet bloc countries.
The risk that terrorists will acquire and use atomic weapons will increase in coming decades as nuclear technology and expertise proliferate, according to a U.S. intelligence report released last week, the Global Security Newswire reported.comments
There were close to 250 thefts of nuclear and radioactive material in a 12-month period that ended in June, a figure International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei yesterday called “disturbingly high,” the New York Times reported.comments
ST. PETERSBURG - Three hapless Chinese tourists returned home from via the Republic of Kyrgyzstan with more than 200 kilograms of nuclear waste containing uranium they purchased as a souvenir, the China Daily reported.comments