Congress: US lacks labs to test for 'dirty bomb' contamination

October 25, 2007 17:45

The US has a shortage of laboratories to test the thousands of people who might be exposed to radiation if a "dirty bomb" detonated in a major city, according to a congressional report released Thursday. If a dirty bomb goes off in a major downtown area and potentially exposes 100,000 people to radioactive materials, it could take four years to complete the necessary testing, according to the report prepared for the House Committee on Science and Technology. A dirty bomb is a device that contains some radioactive material that could contaminate a limited area but would not create actual nuclear explosions.

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