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Decontamination efforts on in Mayapuri

A team of experts from the Department of Atomic Energy today carried out decontamination procedures in parts of Mayapuri here following reports of high radiation levels in its scrap market.



New Delhi: A team of experts from the
Department of Atomic Energy today carried out decontamination
procedures in parts of Mayapuri here following reports of high
radiation levels in its scrap market.

The experts also held a meeting with scrap dealers late
last evening and apprised them of the measures they planned to
carry out in the area.

Advocacy group Greenpeace had claimed that there were
at least eight hotspots in the Mayapuri scrap market where
radiation levels were much higher than normal.

A person who stands continuously about a metre away
from a hotspot for five days is likely to receive the maximum
allowed dose of radiation, said Jan Vande Putte, a Greenpeace
radiation safety expert.

"At a distance of 10cm, a person needs to stand only for
two hours for maximum dose," he said.

According to experts, there were at least two places in
the market where attempts were made to break the parts of the
gamma irradiator containing Cobalt-60, that was auctioned as
scrap by Delhi University`s chemistry department two months
ago.

Tiny particles of radioactive material had got mixed
with the soil and nuclear experts have been engaged in
clearing the area of such contaminated stuff, officials said.

PTI

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