Canada rejects radioactive kitchenware from India
Radioactive kitchenware shipment ordered out of Canada -Global problem? CBC – , 13 Oct, 2012 The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) ordered that a small shipment of radioactive kitchenware, that found its way to the Port of Montreal, be taken out of the country.
The CNSC issued an order on Oct. 5, demanding that the contaminated container be sent back to India by Hanjin Shipping Canada — the company that delivered the cargo to Montreal’s port last May.
The Canadian Borders Services Agency (CBSA) found the merchandise during routine scans performed on incoming cargo.
“There could have been a source that is used in medical devices,” he said. “[Devices] to treat cancer, are very high-level sources and thereplacement and disposal…is extremely regulated and it is possible that the source was inadvertently misplaced or misdisposed and found its way in the recycling industry, was melted with other metals and the metal was used to produce all sorts of manufactured goods.”
According to the commission, the CBSA has intercepted about 15 shipments with radiation levels, above the permitted threshold since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdown in Japan. Most of these cargos were sent to Vancouver.
“We had a few cases like that but the Japanese authorities dealt with it and dealt with the problem,” he said.
Hanjin Shipping Canada has until 12 p.m. on Oct. 26 to remove the container from Canada.
Gordon Edwards, spokesman for the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility said “I think it shows that our regulator is really lax, that they don’t act very quickly and also act with a lot of due deliberation because simply sending it back to where it came from, there’s no guarantee that it won’t be sent to some other consumer somewhere else in the world.”
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