Missing and Stolen U. S. Radioactive Materials

 June 24, 2002 Event Notification Report by U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about Plutonium-242 and Americium-243 missing from a December 2001 shipment, not opened until May 20, 2002 and not reported by the NRC until June 24, 2002. To date, no one knows what has happened to the radioactive material supposedly encased in a flame-sealed glass container inside the shipping box and protective plastic container. The FBI is investigating.
June 24, 2002 Event Notification Report by U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about Plutonium-242 and Americium-243 missing from a December 2001 shipment, not opened until May 20, 2002 and not reported by the NRC until June 24, 2002. To date, no one knows what has happened to the radioactive material supposedly encased in a flame-sealed glass container inside the shipping box and protective plastic container. The FBI is investigating.

June 29, 2002  Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania - This week, the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory commission issued an Event Notification Report about radioactive Americium-243 and Plutonium-242 that are missing from a shipment between AEA Technology of Burlington, Massachusetts and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in New York.

According to NRC and Department of Energy records, in the United States every year on average, about three hundred cases of missing radioactive materials are reported. Half of those are eventually recovered. But what about the other 150 cases of missing radioactive materials? Or the 9,000 missing nuclear items that the Department of Energy says it is trying to track?

 

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