Radioactive substance detection mechanism nationwide soon: AEC

Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 19:45

Hyderabad: All air, sea and land ports of
the country would soon be equipped with radioactive substance
detection mechanism to keep a check on its illegal import,
Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Srikumar Banerjee said here
on Thursday.

The move comes after Cobalt-60, a radioactive substance,
was found in the national capital three weeks ago.

A lot has to be done in terms of checking at all the
ports where scrap is being imported and presently, none of
them has radioactive detection equipment, he said.

"The government has started taking steps towards setting
up detection units at all ports. Very soon land, sea and air
ports will have the radioactive substance detector to prevent
the substance`s unauthorised entry into the country," Banerjee
told mediapersons.

Referring to the Delhi incident, he said Department of
Atomic Energy (DAE) personnel were fully equipped to carry out
this kind of search operations.

"In our fifty years of operations in the country there is
not even a single instance of radioactive leakage or exposure
to human beings. That shows the strong mechanism we adopt,"
he added.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 19:45
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