Arizona port of entry to get radiation detectors

| 3/29/2006

President Bush has promised more tools for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to do its job.

Radiation detectors will be installed at the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis, AZ, to monitor every car and truck for potentially harmful products that contain radiation. Obviously, the biggest effort is to thwart the import of materials to make dirty bombs, but there are other things that customs officers want to keep track of.

Installation of the radiation detectors will take about three weeks, according to the Yuma Sun. Work days will last from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays until completed.

Earlier this week, the public learned that undercover investigators conducting a test managed to slip radioactive material into the U.S. with fake documents. Part of Bush’s promise is to provide more equipment to verify documents.

The investigators did not say which ports they used to conduct the test.

San Luis Port Director Michael Freeman said in a press release that construction at the port, which began Tuesday, March 28, will close one or possibly two lanes at a time. He encouraged drivers to schedule off-peak times to cross the border there if possible.