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U.S. Embassy Donates 35 Radiation Detectors to Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission

June 10, 2012

AMMAN – The U.S. Embassy presented the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) today with 35 personal radiation detectors valued at over $105,800.  The devices will be used in airports and at border crossings to detect radioactive materials.

Expressing appreciation for the donation, Dr. Jamal Sharaf, Director General of Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission, noted that the detectors would boost the commission’s capability to detect radioactive material and protect the environment.  He added that this contribution demonstrates a strong, unique bilateral relationship between Jordan and the United States and reiterated

The Gamma-Neutron personal radiation detectors are able to detect the slightest amounts of the gamma and neutron radiation emitting materials and can detect even the slightest increase in radiation present in the environment.  

The detectors were presented by Acting U.S. Embassy Economic Section Chief Thomas M. Rosenberger, who noted, "We are dedicated to helping the Government of Jordan eliminate terrorist and nuclear proliferation threats through the U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program.”  The EXBS program offers training and equipment to stem the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, prevent irresponsible transfers of conventional weapons, and enhance export control measures.  

Dr. Jamal Sharaf also expressed the Commission’s commitment to working with the U.S. Embassy in reaching those goals.