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House Bill Seeks to Increase Scanning of Cargo at U.S. Ports for Threats

Posted September 17, 2014

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(Security InfoWatch)

Last week, Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) introduced a bill in the House that aims to provide increased protection against the threat of terrorists smuggling dangerous materials into the country through shipping containers.

The Scan Containers Absolutely Now (SCAN) Act would allow select U.S. ports to receive federal funds for advanced inspection technology to implement 100% scanning of incoming shipping containers for radiological, nuclear and other potentially dangerous materials.

“Since September 11, 2001, our nation has taken great strides in ensuring our airports are secure, but living near the Port of Los Angeles, I know that our nation’s ports are not as secure as they should be,” Hahn said in a statement. “Top security experts recommend that shipping containers entering our ports be scanned, but 13 years later we only scan 3% of incoming cargo. This is unacceptable.” Read more here.