10 grams of Iridium 192 stolen in Iraq

Discussion in 'World Events' started by Edont Knoff, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. Edont Knoff Registered Senior Member

    10 grams of a highly radioactive isotope of Iridium were stolen in Iraq:


    We don't need more radioactive pollution, do we? Why is such a substance and in this amount, not better guarded? I have a source that says the substance was used to detect problems in oil pipelines.


    Translation attempt, "With the substance, leased from SGS Turkey by the US company Weatherford, oil pipelines were scanned for material defects. Both companies remain silent about the accusations."
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  3. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

    Well, given the half life of radioactive Iridium is only 74 days and the small amount involved, I don't think we have much to worry about in this particular case. It's probably more of a hazard to those who stole it. But that isn't a reason to ignore safety and security standards.
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