Speeches and Interviews
Remarks at a ceremony for the donation of radiation detection equipment to the State Ecological Inspection of Ukraine
February 2, 2012
Today we are formally transferring 13 Dosimeters-Radiometers, which are used to detect nuclear or radiological materials, to the State Ecological Inspection of Ukraine. The equipment we are transferring today is worth 202,735 USD and is being provided to Mr. Zhyla, Chief of the State Ecological Inspection, and his staff under the auspices of the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program.
One of the primary goals of the EXBS program is to enhance the capabilities of host government agencies to detect, seize, and investigate illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or WMD related materials, which can pose a serious threat to the safety of the public and affect the overall stability of the region.
The EXBS program seeks to achieve this goal by providing both equipment and training to agencies, like the State Ecological Inspection, which are tasked with detecting and investigating these illegal shipments.
This is not the first instance of our cooperation and joint work with the State Ecological Inspection, but rather it is an extension of our ongoing cooperation with this agency.
In 2010, nine representatives of the State Ecological Inspection attended the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Radiation Academy in Hanford, Washington; and in the fall of 2011 the EXBS Program also sponsored the visit of 8 officers to the United States to attend a Hazardous materials course in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
The equipment being transferred today comes at a very important time, as it will be used to improve the WMD detection capabilities of the State Ecological Inspection as they prepare for the events of EURO Cup 2012 later this year.
The United States is proud of its cooperation with the State Ecological Inspection and we are very pleased to provide this equipment today. We appreciate the work performed by the State Ecological Inspection and look forward our continued cooperation.