Missing Cobalt 60. Dont worry,be happy.
profrv at nex.net.au
Thu Apr 29 17:42:48 PDT 1999
"An inspector at the No. 502 Power Plant in the southwestern province of
Sichuan discovered 63 pieces of Cobalt-60 and 14 empty lead casings missing
in late February, the semi-official China News Service said in a report
seen by Reuters on Sunday"
"Cobalt-60 produces gamma rays that increase the chances of cancer in those
exposed to it, but it can also be used as a medical tracer and to treat
various types of cancer and irradiate food.
As one of several radioactive materials less closely guarded than uranium
or plutonium, experts say it could be used in a so-called "dirty bomb" - a
conventional explosive combined with a radioactive material that could
spread the harmful material over a wide area."
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