Napolitano: DHS to miss cargo screening deadline

February 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will not be able to meet the 2012 deadline to screen all cargo coming into the U.S. for radiological and nuclear materials. Speaking to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Napolitano says the 100 percent screening rule requires agreements with other countries and the 2012 deadline set by Congress is not going to work. Officials in President George W. Bush's administration held the same position.

A law passed by Congress in 2007 required the Homeland Security Department to screen all cargo headed for the United States.

About 11.5 million containers come into the U.S. each year. Those who support the 100 percent screening policy say that knowing what is inside these containers could prevent a disaster.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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