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 vehicle was contained for exceeding the legal radioactive emission limits/ europics
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
Now, 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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