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Scientists from all over the World take part in PNNL Nuclear Workshop

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RICHLAND, WA - Scientists from all over the world are in the Tri-Cities for some nuclear forensic training.

The training started October 28 at the Hammer Training and Education Center where scientists and law enforcement officials from 10 different countries learned valuable skills in detecting nuclear materials. The workshop goes through November 8.

The 10 day workshop hosted is hosted by PNNL and put on by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and other nuclear and atomic energy agencies

It's meant to bring awareness of the importance in having at least basic knowledge of nuclear forensics in order to keep citizens safe.

"I think that's the focus of this workshop is those countries that are just now beginning to develop or think about developing that capability," said Jon Shuantes, Senior Scientist PNNL.

This year 26 participants are learning new ways of detecting hidden nuclear and radioactive materials through made-up scenarios.

Like stopping terrorists from driving across borders carrying dangerous nuclear or radio active materials.

Law enforcement officials might also use these skills when they believe the crime scene evidence they are working with could be contaminated.

Participants learned to figure out what kind of nuclear or radioactive material they are dealing with and whether it is dangerous or illegal.

"It's important to know which kind of radioactive material is transported in order to combat this," Bouchefer Mahrez, Algerian Scientist.

This is the second year  for the workshop. This year representatives from as far as Indonesia, Thailand and the Czech Republic are taking part. The workshop helps introduce scientists from around the world to the small community of nuclear forensics.

"I am really excited because I have learned so many interesting things, " said Ligia Ruiz, Mexican Scientist.

Some of the participants said they are taking their new knowledge back to their hone countries and training others.