Dordrecht scrap contaminated with uranium

6th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

A scrap metal company in Dorcrecht has found refuse contaminated with enriched uranium.

DORDRECHT—The contaminated scrap was stored in two sealed sea containers that arrived from St Petersburg at the end of last year.

The scrap pieces are now temporarily being stored at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Vlissingen where it will be treated as radio active waste.

The Dordrecht based scrap company KMR Stainless reported the discovery immediately to the VROM Inspector. The inspector revealed today that four suspect pieces of scrap were found, two of which are contaminated with 13 percent enriched uranium. The other two pieces contain four percent enriched uranium.

The VROM Inspector reported its findings to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Representatives of IAEA were in the Netherlands this week to collect samples of the scrap in an effort to determine their origins.

The scrap was in cargo containers shipped from Saint Petersburg to Dordrecht at the end of 2008. The level of radioactivity was immediately registered as being too high and the company called in environment ministry inspectors to conduct tests.

Transport of the contaminated scrap by KMR Stainless have not posed a threat to public health.

Radio Netherlands/NRC Handelsblad/Expatica

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