Radioactive Source Found in Scrap Metal prepared for Export

Print View Posted on: 30 July 2012

Event Date: 29 February 2012 Event Type: Radiation Source
Event Location: Lebanon, Beirut Sea Port INES Rating: 0 (Final)

During the monitoring of the scrap metal prepared for export, LAEC on field inspectors found a high reading on one of the trucks. Upon reloading of the truck, a radioactive source was found to be identified as Cs-137. The source was shielded and safely transported to LAEC for further investigations in the laboratories. LAb analysis confirmed that the source is Cs-137 and that the activity of the source is estimated to be 120 microCi.

INES Rating: 0 - Below scale (Final) as per 30 July 2012
Release beyond authorized limits? No
Overexposure of a member of the public? No
Overexposure of a worker? No

Contamination spread within the facility? No
Damage to radiological barriers (incl. fuel damage) within the facility? No

Degradation of Defence In-Depth No

Person injured physically or casualty? No
Is there a continuing problem? No

Muzna Assi
National Council for Scientific Research, Lebanon Atomic Energy Commission
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