Container with radioactive item goes missing: ONGC

Container with radioactive item goes missing: ONGC

A container carrying radioactive substance Caesium-137 (CS-137) is missing from a lorry that transported the material to the ONGC site at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district. However, ONGC on Friday described the isotopes as of “mild radioactive” source.

According to an official EU website, CS-137 is radioactive with a long ‘half-life’ of 30.15 years – the time required for the substance to become half of its original weight.

It is suspected that the radioactive source may have gone missing between January 14 and 16 from the logging shed of the ONGC complex. The quantity of the missing substance is not yet known.

After efforts to trace the container proved futile, the radiation safety division of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board Read More

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