[ RadSafe ] Robots scour sea for atomic wasteSubmarines search for radioactive material dumped off the Scottish coast in the 1980s
sjd at swcp.com
Sun May 25 16:20:41 CDT 2008
This article was written by the "science editor." I didn't know
"one speck" of plutonium was "capable" of killing me if I swallowed
it. Goodness. Life is full of surprises, isn't it? Is a speck one of the
International Units? How many specks are there in a gram, or is it vice versa?
At 09:54 AM 5/25/08 +0100, Fred Dawson wrote:
>Robot submarines are to be used to sweep particles of plutonium and other
>radioactive materials from the seabed near one of Britain's biggest nuclear
>plants in one of the most delicate clean-up operations ever in this country.
>Each submersible will be fitted with a Geiger counter and will crisscross
>the sea floor to pinpoint every deadly speck close to Dounreay on Scotland's
>north coast before lifting each particle and returning it to land for safe
>Two kilometres of beach outside the Dounreay nuclear plant have been closed
>since 1983, and fishing banned, when it was found old fuel rod fragments
>were being accidentally pumped into the sea. The cause was traced and
>corrected but particles - including plutonium specks, each capable of
>killing a person if swallowed - are still being washed on to this bleakly
>beautiful stretch of sand and cliff on mainland Britain's northern edge.
>fwp_dawson at hotmail.com
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