Levy describes the Environmental Protection Agency's RadNet system, with some 135 fixed stations and a few dozen deployable stations, and the RadResponder Network, a collaborative effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies. Currently lacking are automated stations that continuously monitor for both "cloudshine" and "groundshine" over a very broad dosage range. Such stations are available at very affordable cost, but so far government has not recognized the need.
Agencies seem to believe that "it can't happen here," Levy observes.
The catastrophic impact of a nuclear explosion is well described. Less often discussed is that thousands or potentially millions of lives could be preserved by providing real-time radiation measurements that aid in preventing panic or warning the public of the need for shelter, the article notes.
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