Mining giant Rio Tinto apologises after radioactive capsule lost in Australia
MELBOURNE — Rio Tinto Ltd's iron ore division chief Simon Trott apologised on Monday (Jan 30) after a contractor hired by the mining giant lost a radioactive capsule in transit in Western Australia which sparked a radiation alert across parts of the
- Jan 30 2023
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Authorities said the radioactive capsule used in mining was lost during transport from north of Newman — a small town in the remote Kimberley region — to a storage facility in the northeast suburbs of Perth, a distance of 1,200 km or further than the length of the UK.
A search is now underway for the small silver capsule containing Caesium-137 which emits radiation equal to 10 x-rays per hour and which authorities have recommended people stay at least five metres from.
"We are taking this incident very seriously. We recognise this is clearly very concerning and are sorry for the alarm it has caused in the Western Australian community," Trott said in a statement.