According to a story in
the Detroit Free Press, federal agents and teams of nuclear specialists
are canvassing the Midwest for a mysterious shipment of radioactive
material that was trucked across the Canadian border through the
Detroit area in May. Newly installed sensors at the border were
not fully operational at the time.
Government inspectors reportedly
were not aware of the material until early June, about a week
after it crossed the border. Only after sensor recordings were
examined days later was the radioactive material noted.
The U.S. Energy Department
reportedly has sent members of its nuclear emergency support teams
to search for the material across Michigan and the northern Midwest.
The teams use portable devices to test areas for radioactivity.
The Free Press reported
White House officials were quick to point out last week that the
material could be legitimate medical or construction supplies,
or the sensor could have given a false positive reading. But the
White House Office of Homeland Security said it is taking the