United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

The NRC Source Data Team and U.S. Customs

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Team Mission

The NRC established the Source Data Team (SDT) to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in verifying the legitimacy of shipments of radioactive material passing through the U.S. border.

The NRC can access information regarding certain specific licensing information such as possession limits, approved places of use, and other data specific to a given NRC materials licensee.  The NRC also has established a good working relationship and communication channels with the Agreement States, who have the authority to regulate and license material use.  The NRC has means of contacting and consulting with Agreement State radiation control representatives when needed.

By using the information, tools, expertise, and communication framework that the NRC has at its disposal, the SDT can gather and assess certain licensing information regarding a radioactive shipment to help determine its validity if questioned by CBP.  In this way, the NRC helps maintain the Nation’s public health and safety, and common defense and security.

Related Letters

Letter Date Description
Chairman Nils J. Diaz to Representative Edward J. Markey 05/02/2006 Response to concerns about transportation of radiological materials across the Nation's border
Chairman Nils J. Diaz to Senator Maria Cantwell 05/02/2006 Response to concerns about transportation of radiological materials across the Nation's border
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