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Miller letter to President Obama regarding shortage of helium-3 and radiation detection devices

Nov 23, 2009
Letter

 

November 20, 2009
 
 
 
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
 
Dear President Obama:
 
            In a hearing earlier this week, officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) informed the Subcommittee that a shortage of helium-3 (He-3) has put on hold all installations of radiation portal monitors that are used to detect special nuclear material at the nation’s ports and borders, internationally in the Energy Department’s Megaports and Second Line of Defense programs, and in the Defense Department’s Guardian Program.[1]


[1] Testimony of Dr. William Hagan, acting deputy director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Homeland Security, before the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, House Science and Technology Committee, Nov. 17, 2009.

 

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