Following an analysis of the Energy Research and Development Administration's plan to take over transportation of strategic quantities of special nuclear material (SNM) from the civilian nuclear program, the Office of Management and Budget has decided to go along with ERDA. OMB acted after it was contacted by one of the civilian contractors handling the shipments. Edlow International, which argued that it could provide as secure a transportation system as the government (see NN, July 1976, p. 77). The changeover to government transportation was scheduled to take place October 1. Edlow, in mid-September, had not decided whether to pursue the matter further. Sam Edlow, president of the shipping firm told NUCLEAR NEWS that his company has already spent "a tremendous sum of money and an inordinate amount of time" fighting the ERDA decision. Contending that he has already won a victory, since ERDA switched its argument from one of "increased security" to that of "cost- effectiveness," it may be just as well to allow government agencies to carry on the battle. Edlow cited the recently released security study by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (see p. 86), which, he said, refutes every argument ERDA has made on the issue of national security. In his interpretation of the NRC study, the Commission says properly administered private security can be as effective as government security. Edlow believes ERD would have difficulty defending its position should it be called to testify at Congressional hearings on the NRC security report. /Author/

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  • Publication Date: 1976-10

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  • Pagination: p. 85
  • Serial:
    • 16 Nuclear News
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue Number: 13
    • Publisher: American Nuclear Society

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  • Accession Number: 00141867
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 16 1977 12:00AM