[ RadSafe ] Genoa Co-60 Radioactive Container
ZIC Joe -PICKERING
joe.zic at opg.com
Thu Aug 11 12:56:52 CDT 2011
Thanks for the update, I hadn't heard anything since it was discovered last year. Happy to hear that they were able to get it out safely. I'd love to see a presentation on the robotics and dose rates involved, when they put it together.
The IAEA news update back on 20-July-2010 (http://www-news.iaea.org) had said that it was an orphaned source, with 60 rem/h (600 mSv/h) on contact with the shipping container and a crude activity estimate of 150 to 200 GBq.
Josip Zic M.Sc, CHP
Health Physicist, Pickering A
Radiation Protection Department, ALARA Section
Ontario Power Generation
From: radsafe-bounces at agni.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at agni.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Roy Parker
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:25 PM
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Genoa Co-60 Radioactive Container
Does anyone have any definitive information on the below, particularly activity? Is this another case of radioactive material in metal scrap?
Roy A. Parker, Ph.D.
Radioactive container scare ends at Genoa
Felicity Landon | Wed, 10 Aug 2011
Cobalt-60 is made safe by robot after more than a year of fear at Italian port
The radiation scare at the port of Genoa has ended after more than a year, by using a robot to open the suspect container and get to the Cobalt-60 inside.
The MSC container, which originated in Ajman in the UAE, arrived at the Italian port in July last year.
It was supposed to be carrying a consignment of copper and it was not until it had been on the quayside at Genoa's Voltri Terminal for several days that checks detected the presence of Cobalt-60.
This prompted fears that it could be a terrorist weapon and opening it could trigger a "dirty bomb".
For the following month, the box remained barricaded by other containers filled with stones and water while the authorities considered what to do next.
The opening of the box involved more than 100 people, including fire and nuclear response teams. The Cobalt-60 was placed in a casket of lead for transport to a disposal site.
An investigation will now be carried out into why the Cobalt-60 capsule was in the container.
Augusto Russo, of the Genoese fire team specialising in nuclear, chemical and biological emergencies, said that if anyone had handled it without precautions, they would probably now be dead.
Joe Alioto, VP at VeriTainer, which manufactures container scanning systems, said the episode highlighted dangers inherent in the supply chain.
The problem would have been avoided altogether if a system was in place to routinely scan containers for radiation at country of origin, using crane mounted scanning, he said.
"There is virtually no infrastructure whatsoever in place to do anything about it. This is something really bad waiting to happen," he added.
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