RICHLAND -- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland will help prevent nuclear smuggling in the Republic of Korea under a new agreement.
The National Nuclear Security Administration has signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea to enhance the security of container cargo.
The agreement paves the way for NNSA, through its Second Line of Defense Program's Megaports Initiative, to work with Korean Customs to install radiation detection equipment at terminals at the Port of Busan.
PNNL will provide engineering and project management support to ensure proper installation of equipment and also will support training to use the equipment.
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The Megaports Initiative, which PNNL supports, now is operating at 31 ports around the world. Work is under way at additional ports in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the goal of equipping 100 ports by 2016.