Belarus: Cs-137 Source Detected at Metal Processing Plant


Radiation was detected on a load of scrap metal at the entrance to a scrap metal processing facility in Gatovo, Belarus. The source of radiation turned out to be a piece of metal pipe with Cs-137 emitting 1450 microSv/h. It was presumed that the found object had been previously used in a gauge or a non-destructive testing device. It was placed in a lead container and transported to a waste disposal facility.

Abstract Number: 20110620
Headline: Belarus: Cs-137 Source Detected at Metal Processing Plant
Date: May 2011
Bibliography: "Тревожный фон событий [Disturbing background events]," Respublika, 31 May 2011, via
Material: Cs-137

April 25, 2012

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