[ RadSafe ] Stolen 'highly radioactive' material finally secured, Mexico says; villagers doubtful
Harrison - CDPHE, Tony
tony.harrison at state.co.us
Thu Dec 12 10:31:12 CST 2013
HUEYPOXTLA, Mexico — Mexico’s energy authorities say specialists finally
have recovered a capsule of cobalt-60 from a cornfield near the Mexican
capital, presumably ending a nine-day saga that began when thieves hijacked
a truck carrying the highly radioactive metal.
“The source has been recovered and stored ... in a safe place,” the Energy
Department said in a statement late Tuesday night.
The cobalt-60 theft, in the early hours of Dec. 2, sent alarmed officials
scrambling from Mexico City to Washington to Vienna.
“Recovering a source of that level of intensity is not making enchiladas,”
Juan Eibenschutz, executive director of the Nuclear Security and Safeguard
Commission, said in a phone interview Wednesday, referring to the
radioactive metal. “This is a very, very complex operation.”
Tony Harrison, MSPH
Inorganic & Radiochemistry Supervisor
Laboratory Services Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
8100 Lowry Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230
303-692-3046 | tony.harrison at state.co.us
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