NNSA plans aerial radiological survey of San Francisco area


Mark Rockwell
Government Security News
August 27, 2012

Residents of the San Francisco bay area could see a low-flying helicopter operated by the agency that oversees nuclear material safety in the coming days.

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The National Nuclear Security Administration said it plans an aerial survey of the bay between Aug. 27 – Sept. 1 aimed at improving aerial radiation measurement capabilities used by local, state and federal entities.

The NNSA has been conducting similar over-flights in the last few months. In May, it gauged background radiation in Baltimore. The agency explained that the measurement of naturally-occurring radiation to establish baseline levels is a normal part of security and emergency preparedness.

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