Preventing A Dirty Bomb—Vulnerabilities Persist in Oversight of Licensing for Purchases of High-Risk Radioactive Materials

Thursday, July 21, 2022
Preventing A Dirty Bomb—Vulnerabilities Persist in Oversight of Licensing for Purchases of High-Risk Radioactive Materials

Preventing A Dirty Bomb—Vulnerabilities Persist in Oversight of Licensing for Purchases of High-Risk Radioactive Materials

Radioactive materials are commonly used in medical and industrial devices. But even in small amounts, in the wrong hands, these materials could be used to make dirty bombs. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for licensing, commercial possession and use of radioactive materials to make sure they don't end up in the wrong hands. Our investigators went undercover to see how effective NRC's oversight of licensing is. We find out more from GAO's Allison Bawden and Howard Arp.