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Originally posted by astrocreep
Radioactive material is plentiful and try as they might, the feds can't keep check of all of it. Look at the number of nuclear density guages used in highway engineering. I'm certified as a user and to transport but its not my line of work anymore. They are often stolen as evident by this story:
The NRC is cracking down on how they are secured from theft and incident during transport and use and when one is trained, the proper securing and NRC Hazmat protocols are the majority of the training.
Guages contain Cesium 137 which is used to test soil density of compaction but some guages also contain Americum used in the application of moisture content. The active particle in the Cesium is the nuetron while the active element in the Americum is the slower but harder hitting proton. Both are very dangerous when exposed.
"In 2002 a Connecticut nuclear plant was fined $288,000 after a similar loss. That fuel was never accounted for."
Originally posted by MacMerdin
But, on a better note, the cesium and americium contained in these gauges is extremely hard to expose (it is housed in a lead tube). It's so hard to get out that you would have to use a method that would actually dispurse the stuff onto yourself instead of being able to collect it for a dirty bomb.
Originally posted by Q
Hmmm...maybe this explains why no character on the Simpsons has a chin?
Originally posted by SpittinCobra
For the life of my, I cant figure out how something like that can come up missing?
[Edited on 21-4-2004 by SpittinCobra]