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Hazmat Spill Reported at Port of Baltimore

Baltimore emergency management officials reported the hazmat spill occurred Tuesday.
Hazmat Spill Reported at Port of Baltimore
Photo Credit: Baltimore Office of Emergency Management.

 

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HAZMAT USA State of Maryland, Baltimore [Port of Baltimore] Damage level Details

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HAZMAT in USA on Wednesday, 14 October, 2015 at 03:43 (03:43 AM) UTC.

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First responders came by land and by sea when a hazardous material spilled at the Port of Baltimore Tuesday, according to the Baltimore Office of Emergency Management. Fire boats were deployed to the port, where fire trucks, the U.S. Coast Guard and Maryland Department of the Environment had also responded, the office of emergency management reported at approximately noon Tuesday. There was no health risk due to the hazmat spill, according to the report.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat

Intel to Build $5B Chipmaking Facility Near Phoenix

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HAZMAT USA State of Arizona, Chandler [Intel Corporation, 5000 W Chandler Blvd] Damage level Details

 

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HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 06 May, 2014 at 03:25 (03:25 AM) UTC.

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A chemical leak at Intel Corp’s manufacturing complex in Arizona has been contained and two workers were taken to hospital for observation, a spokesman for the chipmaker said on Monday. During a tool installation in a basement at the sprawling plant southeast of Phoenix a tube was severed, leading to a spill of around 100 gallons (379 liters) of ammonium hydroxide, said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy. Ten workers near the spill reported to the facility’s medical station and two of those people were sent to hospital for observation, Mulloy said. The spill was in a confined area and no chemicals have been exposed to the public, he said. “The leak has ended. It has been contained. Right now they’re making plans for the cleanup,” Mulloy said. Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said fire department crews were called to the scene at about 1:30 p.m. local time after a report that there was “an incident with multiple injuries.” He said a construction crew working inside one of the buildings accidentally cut into a pipe. “During the construction process, a pipe was cut that feeds ammonium into a room in the basement,” he said. “The leak was immediately isolated.”

 

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UPDATE 2-Workers exposed to chemical leak at Intel plant in Arizona

Mon May 5, 2014 7:33pm EDT

 

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May 5 (Reuters) – A chemical leak at Intel Corp’s manufacturing complex in Arizona has been contained and two workers were taken to hospital for observation, a spokesman for the chipmaker said on Monday.

During a tool installation in a basement at the sprawling plant southeast of Phoenix a tube was severed, leading to a spill of around 100 gallons (379 liters) of ammonium hydroxide, said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy.

Ten workers near the spill reported to the facility’s medical station and two of those people were sent to hospital for observation, Mulloy said.

The spill was in a confined area and no chemicals have been exposed to the public, he said.

 

 

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat

  • Firefighters clean up a radioactive spill at a work site in Cliftleigh between Heddon Greta and Testers Hollow on Monday afternoon. Photo by Marina Neil Firefighters clean up a radioactive spill at a work site in Cliftleigh between Heddon Greta and Testers Hollow on Monday afternoon. Photo by Marina Neil

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HAZMAT Australia State of New South Wales, Cliftleigh Damage level Details

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HAZMAT in Australia on Monday, 20 January, 2014 at 10:02 (10:02 AM) UTC.

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A radioactive substance has been released into the soil at a new housing development in Cliftleigh. Six fire crews were called to the housing estate off Main Road at 5.30pm yesterday after a bulldozer ran over a densometer and smashed it and its radioactive substance into the ground. A densometer is a probe used in geotechnical engineering and it had been put in the ground to determine the depth of the soil. Firefighters said the device contained a small radioactive isotope which had broken during the impact from the earth moving machine. Firefighters wore protective gear and used specific equipment to measure the level of radioactive activity in the soil. They then treated the incident using HAZMAT techniques. Police were also called to the incident and set up an exclusion zone around the estate. One resident who witnessed the clean up, but did not want to be identified, said it was concerning that the radioactive substance had entered the soil. She was worried about the impact it would have on the environment. Another resident was worried the substance might have already damaged the soil.

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Newcastle Herald

Crushed device raises radiation fear in Cliftleigh

  • Firefighters clean up a radioactive spill at a work site in Cliftleigh between Heddon Greta and Testers Hollow on Monday afternoon. Photo by Marina Neil Firefighters clean up a radioactive spill at a work site in Cliftleigh between Heddon Greta and Testers Hollow on Monday afternoon. Photo by Marina Neil

A RADIOACTIVE substance has been released into the soil at a new housing development in Cliftleigh.

Six fire crews were called to the housing estate off Main Road at 5.30pm yesterday after a bulldozer ran over a densometer and smashed it and its radioactive substance into the ground.

A densometer is a probe used in geotechnical engineering and it had been put in the ground to determine the depth of the soil.

Firefighters said the device contained a small radioactive isotope that had broken during the impact from the earthmoving machine.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat

Police blocked off the intersection at the corner of Brown Ave at Mt. Diablo boulevard to investigate a suspected radioactive package Tuesday. Photo: CBS San Francisco

Police blocked off the intersection at the corner of Brown Ave at Mt. Diablo boulevard to investigate a suspected radioactive package Tuesday. Photo: CBS San Francisco
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HAZMAT USA State of California, Lafayette [Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Brown Avenue] Damage level Details

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HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 at 18:33 (06:33 PM) UTC.

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A package containing possibly radioactive material was found at a busy intersection in Lafayette Tuesday morning, prompting officials to advise residents to avoid the area. Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, said hazardous materials crews were headed to the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Brown Avenue, where the package was located. “We don’t know exactly what it is yet, but we want people to stay away from the area,” Lee said. Lafayette police officials said in an online posting that evacuations and road closures were taking place. Lee said he did not yet know how the package was identified or why officials believe it contains radioactive materials.

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Lafayette: Radiation fears prove unfounded after discovery of stolen equipment

Posted:   12/10/2013 09:25:06 AM PST | Updated:   a day ago

LAFAYETTE — A box found in a parking lot in downtown Lafayette on Tuesday morning after being reported stolen initially sparked fears about radiation but was later determined to contain underground radar equipment, authorities said.

John Ingram, owner of Lafayette Auto Repair on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, said he noticed the bright green box covered with radiation stickers after 7 a.m. when he showed up for work. He said he kicked it a couple of times to see if anything was inside; when nothing happened, he called authorities.

That prompted a response from police, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials and the California Department of Public Health.

Two representatives from the state health department’s Radiologic Health Branch, located in Richmond, examined the box and determined the device inside was a ground-penetrating radar, a common piece of construction equipment used to detect the density of soil or concrete.

“It’s a piece of equipment that is radioactive, but (that) is safe to be around,” said Kent Prendergast, radioactive materials senior health physicist with the Health Branch. “There is no health risk looking at it or standing near it.”

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Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat

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01.07.2013 HAZMAT USA State of Utah, Salt Lake City [Quality Distribution Inc] Damage level Details

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HAZMAT in USA on Monday, 01 July, 2013 at 06:05 (06:05 AM) UTC.

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Salt Lake City fire and haz-mat crews were involved in a tense situation Sunday night with an unstable chemical that had the potential to explode. Late Sunday night, the department came up with a plan to remove the dangerous chemical and put it in a trench that was being dug overnight by Salt Lake City police. Then sometime Monday about mid-morning, crews plan to safely detonate the explosive material. The incident began just after 9:30 a.m., when Salt Lake City fire crews were called to a small fire at Quality Distribution Inc., 421 N. John Glenn Road (6070 West). The fire was extinguished quickly, but as an investigator was going through the building a few hours later, he found that Trigonox was leaking.By 6 p.m., a full assignment was recalled to the warehouse as well as additional help from other agencies including the U.S. Army and the Salt Lake International Airport. Salt Lake City fire spokesman Jasen Asay said Trigonox is an organic peroxide that can become unstable at 68 degrees, and when the temperature reaches 77 degree the process cannot be reversed at all and the chemical cannot be stabilized. Because of the earlier fire, the refrigeration in the building was not working, he said. Asay said by Sunday night, the temperature of the chemical had surpassed 77 degrees. For the chemical to explode, it needs to be triggered by a “shock,” Asay said. That could be just static electricity or even a piece of metal falling to the floor and creating a small spark. The explosive force would be about the equivalent of a pipe bomb, he said.

Approximately 2,400 gallons of Trigonox are believed to be stored in the building in five gallon drums. Asay said five of those drums were believed to be leaking Sunday. Late Sunday, Salt Lake police helped fire crews and started digging a trench, about 60-feet long and 4-feet deep. The plan, Asay said, was for a couple of haz-mat crew members from Salt Lake City and Murray Fire to enter the building and use a forklift to take the damaged barrels to the loading dock where a second team will use a fork lift to take the barrels to the trench. Once the damaged barrels were in the trench, Asay said crews would detonated the explosive chemical. There was no set time on when that would happen. But Asay said it would likely be about mid-morning Monday.

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KSL.com UTAH

Area evacuated due to chemical spill; crews on scene

By Pat Reavy

 

Shoot water onto the roof of the warehouse in an effort to keep the chemicals cooler. Firefighters and the Military respond Sunday, June 30, 2013 to a chemical spill in a warehouse at 421 north John Glenn road in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City fire and haz-mat crews were involved in a tense situation Sunday night with an unstable chemical that had the potential to explode.

As of 10 p.m., a team was being assembled to go inside the building where the chemical was leaking and take pictures before officials figured out their next move of how to dispose of the dangerous items.

The incident began just after 9:30 a.m., when Salt Lake City fire crews were called to a small fire at Quality Distribution Inc., 421 N. John Glenn Road (6070 West). The fire was extinguished quickly, but as an investigator was going through the building a few hours later, he found that Trigonox was leaking.

By 6 p.m., a full assignment was recalled to the warehouse as well as additional help from other agencies including the U.S. Army and the Salt Lake International Airport.

Salt Lake City fire spokesman Jasen Asay said Trigonox is an organic peroxide that can become unstable at 68 degrees, and when the temperature reaches 77 degree the process cannot be reversed at all and the chemical cannot be stabilized. Because of the earlier fire, the refrigeration in the building was not working, he said. Asay said by Sunday night, the temperature of the chemical had surpassed 77 degrees.

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Hazmat crews detonate dangerous Chemical at Salt Lake Business

Updated: 12:41 pm | Published: 12:35 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH  (ABC 4 UTAH)  – A hazmat situation west of  Salt Lake International Airport had firefighters on high alert after a fire at Quality Distribution Incorporated lead to the threat of an explosion.

A plume of black smoke could be seen just after 8 Monday morning after the Salt Lake City Fire Department and several other agencies exploded dozens of containers of Trigonox. Jasen Asay with the Salt Lake City Fire Department says the chemical is a dangerous organic peroxide that was found leaking inside the Salt Lake business. He tells ABC 4 Utah We were able to remove around 40 of these containers which contains five gallons of the chemical put them into a ditch and we were able to do a controlled detonation.”

Asay, says the chemical leak was discovered Sunday while fire investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire. “We believe the air conditioning system inside this building was not functioning properly so the containers, a couple of the containers were compromised with the chemical inside,” says Asay.

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KSL.com UTAH

 

Crews to ignite 2nd round of unstable chemical at Salt Lake business

By Pat Reavy and Haley Smith

 

SALT LAKE CITY — Fire crews will ignite more drums of a dangerous chemical Monday night outside a warehouse that has kept them busy for more than 24 hours.

Monday morning, more than 40 barrels of Trigonox were safely removed from Quality Distribution Inc., 421 N. John Glenn Road (6070 West), put in a trench and ignited.

Salt Lake City Fire spokesman Jasen Asay said crews need to burn three times that amount Monday night.

An additional 144 drums that were originally moved from Quality Distribution to a refrigerated trailer outside have been determined to be unsafe and need to be destroyed, he said.

Crews were busy Monday afternoon digging a new trench, twice as big as the last one. After the sun goes down about 9 p.m., Asay said the barrels of Trigonox will be moved into the trench.

Hazardous materials crews hope the burning of the chemical will mark the end of an operation that began Sunday.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday, Crews responded to a fire at Quality Distribution. Sprinklers had extinguished the flames, but firefighters found the air conditioning was out and several containers of the chemical Trigonox were leaking inside the warehouse.

About Trigonox
  • Brand name
  • Specific compound involved is Trigonox 21S
  • A liquid that requires temperature control and should be kept in dry, well-ventilated places
  • So volatile that it should not come into contact with direct sunlight
  • Starts to become unstable at 68 degrees
  • At 77 degrees instability cannot be reversed

Source: polymerpds.akzonobel.com

Approximately 2,400 gallons of Trigonox were stored in the building in 5-gallon drums. Early Monday crews used forklifts to move the drums into a 3-foot-deep, 60-foot-wide trench outside the building before igniting them.

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19.06.2013 HAZMAT Turkey Province of Mugla, Gulluk Damage level Details

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HAZMAT in Turkey on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 at 13:53 (01:53 PM) UTC.

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Negligence allegations are being investigated in the town of Gulluk in the city of Mugla after 7 workers at a waste water treatment plant lost their lives yesterday due to inhaling methane gas. The Machine Engineering Chamber Representative of the Milas province had given a hazard report to the Gulluk waste water treatment plant in 2010. Despite this, the Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) mayor of the period granted the facility final acceptance. According to a report in Zaman news, the report prepared before the provisional acceptance was not taken into consideration by the municipality. The town’s residents reacted to how the workers had not been given gas masks and how there had been no alarm device at the plant.

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Methane kills seven in Turkey

Methane kills seven in Turkey

Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 June / Trend A.Tagiyeva /

Seven people died as a result of methane poisoning in Milas district of Mugla province of Turkey, CNN Türk channel reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the poisoning occurred on one of the pumping stations receiving sewage from nearby factories. Workers who conducted the repair work at the station, got poisoned after inhaling methane.

All seven people poisoned by methane died in hospitals where they had been delivered.

A criminal case is started, the incident is under investigation.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Chemical Leak

Tier incident 2

Niagara Falls firefighters and police responded to an incident at Tier Holdings at 33 S. Hyde Park Blvd. about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday

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12.06.2013 HAZMAT USA State of New York, Niagara Falls [Tier New York LLC] Damage level
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HAZMAT in USA on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 at 02:53 (02:53 AM) UTC.

 

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City police and firefighters responded to a chlorine leak just before 9:30 a.m. today at Tier Holding, a facility that uses caustic materials to clean and scrubs tank cars for chemical companies. According to the Niagara Falls Fire Department a plume of smoke, later identified as the chemical titanium tetrachloride, was released into the air, affecting some employees on the site at 33 South Hyde Park Boulevard. Both Tier Holding and nearby businesses were temporarily evacuated. The caustic material used for scrubbing had reportedly reacted with a chemical in the tank causing the titanium tetrachloride to be released. The release was identified as a “small leak” that did not register on monitoring meters, according to the Niagara Falls Fire Department, and the site was determined to be under control at 9:47 a.m. About 10 employees took their own vehicles to a local hospital to be checked.

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Hazmat  –   Gas Leak

Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation In SF

A Sioux Falls neighborhood is back to normal Tuesday night after a gas leak that prompted an evacuation. But when crews arrived they weren’t sure just how dangerous the situation was. So they quickly had a few dozen homeowners leave their homes.

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06.06.2013 HAZMAT USA State of South Dakota, Sioux Falls Damage level Details

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HAZMAT in USA on Thursday, 06 June, 2013 at 02:12 (02:12 AM) UTC.

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There are some frayed nerves tonight after an evacuation was ordered this afternoon for a mobile home park in the 1500 block of Burnside Avenue in Sioux Falls. That evacuation came after a gas line in the area was punctured. Fire rescue thought the worst was about to happen and that’s when they took action. It is the type of scene that makes a pit in your stomach. Flashing lights all other the place. People standing in confused clusters, trying to fully understand what is happening. Polo Baiz was one of those people. “They knocked on the door and told me to get out because they could see there was gas leaking.” Polo lives at the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park and was one of many who were told to get out of their homes and go…quickly….by Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. “We evacuated 43 trailers in the complex as a precaution.” Captain Troy Scandin with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says a resident of the mobile home park was trying to build a deck when he punctured a half-inch gas lines about six inches underground. But Fire Rescue was worried he may have punctured a 6 inch high capacity gas line. “We were worried for public safety and for the structures.” So firefighters went door to door to get people out of the park and those people, like Brianne Carias, were nervous and scared and not sure what would happen next. “I knew that we should be careful though right now….since all that gas is over there. We gotta be really careful.” Among Fire Rescue’s concerns: there was no breeze while the line was leaking, meaning any gas in the area was just hanging around instead of dissipating.

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Gas leak prompts evacuation order in Sioux Falls

Posted: Jun 04, 2013 9:02 PM CST Updated: Jun 04, 2013 10:42 PM CST

 There are some frayed nerves tonight after an evacuation was ordered this afternoon for a mobile home park in the 1500 block of Burnside Avenue in Sioux Falls.

That evacuation came after a gas line in the area was punctured.

Fire rescue thought the worst was about to happen and that’s when they took action.

It is the type of scene that makes a pit in your stomach.
Flashing lights all other the place.
People standing in confused clusters, trying to fully understand what is happening.
Polo Baiz was one of those people. “They knocked on the door and told me to get out because they could see there was gas leaking.”

Polo lives at the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park and was one of many who were told to get out of their homes and go…quickly….by Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

“We evacuated 43 trailers in the complex as a precaution.” Captain Troy Scandin with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says a resident of the mobile home park was trying to build a deck when he punctured a half-inch gas lines about six inches underground.

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Feds investigate two ricin-tainted letters

1 letter addressed to post office, other to federal judge

UPDATED 6:12 PM CDT May 16, 2013

 

 

The FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are trying to find the source of the two letters, intercepted Tuesday during a screening procedure at a postal facility in Spokane, FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said.

“While we cannot offer further comment on this incident, we stress that law enforcement agencies will continue to assess and address the full spectrum of potential threats,” she said.

The American Postal Workers Union was notified of the two suspicious letters by the Postal Service, the union said.

One letter was addressed to the Spokane Post Office and the other to a federal judge in Spokane, the union said. Both were postmarked May 14, the union said.

 

 

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Hazmat –  Nuclear  Power  Truths

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09.05.2013 HAZMAT Switzerland Ticino, Bellinzona Damage level Details

HAZMAT in Switzerland on Thursday, 09 May, 2013 at 14:29 (02:29 PM) UTC.

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CALLS are growing for more routine radioactive screening at borders after a second lorry containing unshielded radioactive material was stopped on a European road. The startling discovery in Switzerland came only five days after a group of Romanians carrying unshielded nuclear material were stopped in neighbouring Austria. A lorry from Lithuania on its way to Italy has been found to contain dangerous levels of radioactivity by customs officials. The lorry was cordoned off, while the surrounding 300 feet around the vehicle was evacuated and the Customs border crossing point was closed. A specialist team from the Bellinzona fire service and specially trained police officers were called in to investigate further, discovering that the radioactivity was from a package being transported in the lorry which was confiscated and secured. Davide Bassi, from the Swiss Border Control Office said: “It is not unusual that lorry’s have a low level of radiation, and we do carry out controls to check that this limit is not exceeded.” They were currently examining the package to find out why it was irradiated and what it contained, he said speaking to the Austrian Times. Wolfgang Mueller from Greenpeace Germany said: “It is clearly a growing problem and about time that tougher action was made to cut down on the number of dangerous nuclear transports that seem to be taking place on our streets.”

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Nuclear fears in Europe after unshielded radioactive material is found

CALLS are growing for more routine radioactive screening at borders after a second lorry containing unshielded radioactive material was stopped on a European road.

Published: Thu, May 9, 2013

The startling discovery in Switzerland came only five days after a group of Romanians carrying unshielded nuclear material were stopped in neighbouring Austria.

The vehicle was contained after it was discovered to be exceeding the legal radioactive emission limits.

Shockingly, the men had even stored their sandwiches and drinking water in with the radioactive material.

In Austria the men admitted they had made the journey from Germany to Romania carrying similar radioactive loads dozens of times and had not realised how dangerous it was.

Calls are growing for more routine radioactive screening at borders/ europics

It is clearly a growing problem

Wolfgang Mueller

Now, a lorry from Lithuania on its way to Italy has been found to contain dangerous levels of radioactivity by customs officials.

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