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TERRORISM: Nuclear Fuel Rods Reported Missing are Found

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posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 12:53 PM
Three months after being reported missing, bringing speculation of terrorist plots and worry to many, two radioactive pieces of spent fuel rods were found Tuesday. They were right where they belonged: in the spent fuel rod pool.
MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) -- Two highly radioactive pieces of spent nuclear fuel were found Tuesday where they belong, in the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's spent fuel pool, three months after they were reported missing.

The discovery was made by engineers using a special tool to open a container in the pool, which houses thousands of spent nuclear fuel assemblies from the plant's 32 years of operation, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman said.

Two earlier robotic searches of the pool had failed to turn up the container. Its existence became known last week when investigators found a record at a General Electric laboratory in California that the container had been shipped to Vermont Yankee sometime during the 1980s.

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Many people thought it was terrorist who took the spent fuel rods, others wondered how workers at a nuclear facility could allow these rods to go missing, I guess those questions have been answered, we're safe, this time.

[edit on 14-7-2004 by Zion Mainframe]

[edit on 20-7-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 12:57 PM
I often wonder how many of these cases are oversights, poor record keeping, what have you? The press loves to play it up like it's an immediate threat because that's what gets viewers/readers.

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