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Title: RADIATION ALARM SOUNDS AT LITHUANIAN BORDER WITH

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09VILNIUS2472009-05-05 10:14:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT:  RADIATION ALARM SOUNDS AT LITHUANIAN BORDER WITH 
KALININGRAD 
 
REF: 
A) HOYT -RYAN TELECON 5/5/09 
B) RYAN - HOYT EMAIL 5/5/09 
 
¶1.  At opening of business May 5, Post learned via media report 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 (see para 
2).  The Lithuanian State Border Guard Service (SBGS) posted 
information identical to the media report on its website. 
 
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Media Report 
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¶2.  Begin media report text:  Lithuanian border guards have denied 
entry to a train car hauling cargo of radioactive ore chemicals. 
The stopped cargo was bound for Russia from the country's 
Kaliningrad enclave.  Border guards of Lithuania's southern Lazdijai 
Frontier District on Saturday ran a check on an incoming freight 
train, the State Border Security Service said in a statement.  One 
of its cars was found to contain zirconium ore and sodium 
triphosphate, with the cargo's final destination being a ceramics 
factory in Volgograd of southern Russia. 
 
¶3.  Using specialized equipment, officers determined the cargo to be 
emitting at the top of the train car an excessive radiation field. 
The radiation monitoring equipment revealed a field of 100 
micro-roentgen per hour, while the permitted norm is 20. 
 
¶4.  Border guards have informed the Radiation Protection Center of 
the radioactive cargo.  The train car with the increased radiation 
field was denied entry in Lithuania, meaning the car had to be 
detached from the train and sent back to Kaliningrad first thing on 
Monday.  End media report text. 
 
¶5.  We spoke to the Director of the Radiation Protection Center 
Albinas Mastauskas by phone May 5.  Mastauskas said the cargo 
contained zirconium ore and sodium triphosphate and was not properly 
documented by Russian regulatory agencies.  He explained that if 
this cargo has been properly documented, then the SBGS could have 
processed the shipment through to its intended destination.  We are 
following up with local authorities to gather additional 
information.  We don't know if the GOL notified the Department of 
Energy about this event as may have been required. 
 
 
 
 
CLOUD