BA­SIC FACTS ABOUT RA­DI­O­LOG­I­CAL WEAPONS

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• Ra­di­o­log­i­cal dis­per­sion de­vices (RDDS) are also known as “dirty bombs.”

• The pur­pose of these de­vices is to cause panic, dis­rupt nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties and con­tam­i­nate spe­cific ar­eas. In­juries and phys­i­cal de­struc­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment are not pri­mary tar­gets for RDDS, but they can re­sult as well.

• Con­tam­i­nated ar­eas are likely to be un­in­hab­it­able for years.

• Ra­dioac­tive ma­te­ri­als, such as ce­sium 137, cobalt 60, plu­to­nium ox­ide, stron­tium 90 and ura­nium ox­ide, are dis­persed with the det­o­na­tion of ex­plo­sives.

• There are nu­mer­ous po­ten­tial sources for the ra­dioac­tive ma­te­ri­als used in RDDS. Some op­tions in­clude com­mer­cial sites, med­i­cal/re­search fa­cil­i­ties and atomic waste dis­posal lo­ca­tions.

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