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Detlof von Winterfeldt, director of the Center of Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), told National Defense.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 directed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to oversee a dirty bomb public awareness campaign. The DNDO is leading the group that is crafting the message, Oxford said. He expected the interagency group to wrap up its work by the end of the summer.
This will come three years after the law was passed, and six years after the Padilla case made officials aware that dirty bombs were on al-Qaida’s menu.
“We’re not sure public awareness will work, but we at least need to tell people early and often through local officials” about the effects of dirty bombs, he said.