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Title: GUIDANCE ON RESPONDING TO RADIATION ALARM AT

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09STATE473592009-05-08 21:40:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Secretary of State
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SUBJECT: GUIDANCE ON RESPONDING TO RADIATION ALARM AT 
LITHUANIAN BORDER WITH KALININGRAD 
 
REF: A. A) VILNIUS 000247 
     ¶B. B) STATE 030541 
 
¶1.  (U) This is an action request for Embassy Vilnius. 
Please see paragraph 4. 
 
¶2.  (SBU) BACKGROUND:  Per REF A, on May 5, 2009, Post 
alerted Washington that a radiation alarm was set off by a 
cargo train at the border of Lithuania and the Russian 
enclave of Kaliningrad on May 1, 2009. Post received the 
information via media reports and the Lithuanian State Border 
Guard Service website. The reporting detailed in REF A stated 
that Border Guards in Lithuania's southern Lazdijai Frontier 
District found zirconium ore and sodium triphosphate in a 
freight train heading to a ceramics factory in Volgograd in 
southern Russia. Radiation monitoring equipment "revealed a 
field of 100 micro-roentgen per hour" and the train car with 
the increased radiation field was denied entry to Lithuania 
and sent back to Kaliningrad. Albinas Mastauskas, Director of 
the Lithuanian Radiation Protection Center, informed Post 
that the cargo contained zirconium ore and sodium 
triphosphate and was not properly documented by Russian 
regulatory agencies. 
 
¶3. (SBU)  Since the Second Line of Defense agreement with 
Lithuania is not yet in place, there is no formal requirement 
at this time for GOL officials to notify the Department of 
Energy's Second Line of Defense Country Manager for 
Lithuania.  . 
 
¶4.  (SBU) ACTION REQUEST:  Post is requested to inform the 
GOL that Washington does not believe the cargo poses a 
national security threat but deeply appreciates their 
vigilance in recognizing and responding to radiation alarms. 
Washington is grateful for Post's adherence to State's 
updated guidance on reporting radiation alarms (REF B) and 
encourages Post to continue following-up with local 
authorities and to inform Washington if additional 
information becomes available. 
 
¶5. Washington appreciates Post's assistance. 
CLINTON