First Slice 8/9/13: Georgia's nuclear materials program put on probation
By Clay DudaFriday August 9, 2013 07:47 am EDT
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?Georgia has become the first state to have its nuclear materials program put on probation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an outfit charged with licensing and regulating some nuclear materials in a number of states around the country. Officials say the deficiencies in Georgia's program don't pose an immediate threat to public health, but still need to be addressed.
Ed. note: The above blurb has been updated to clarify that the state's nuclear materials program, and not the entire nuclear program, has been put on probation. ?
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