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Mexico plans how to safely box up recovered cobalt

December 5, 2013 • National News


Men stand next to an unidentified vehicle inside a cordoned off area in a field near the village of Hueypoxtla, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. National nuclear safety officials were engaged Thursday in the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 presumed to be found in this rural field in central Mexico state. The missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials were engaged Thursday in the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a rural field in central Mexico state.

The material, which the International Atomic Energy Agency called “extremely dangerous,” was found removed from its protective container. The pellets did not appear to have been damaged or broken up and there was no sign of contamination to the area, the agency said Thursday, quoting Mexican nuclear safety officials.

Juan Eibenschutz, director general of the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, said it could take at least two days to safely get the material into a secure container and transport it to a waste site.

“It’s a very delicate operation,” Eibenschutz said. “What’s important is that the material has been located and the place is being watched to guarantee no one gets close.”

Eibenschutz said the pellets are inside an Login to read more

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