WASHINGTON (CN) – Drivers transporting nuclear material are not fingerprinted and need not pass a Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to change.
Currently, drivers and guards must only pass state background checks. Operators, handlers and scientists working at nuclear processing facilities are approved under the stricter standard of vetting.
A new category of workers required to undergo checks under the agency’s newly proposed rule, is “any employee who has access to the details of a shipment.”
The agency takes this act to reduce the threat of a small quantity of radioactive material being used in a terrorist attack.
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