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Nuclear Oversight? - piajensen - 08-22-2017

CIA’s lost plutonium in the Himalayas: Radioactive for centuries http://www.dianuke.org/lost-plutonium-himalaya-radioactive/

Did the IAEA, or the NRC, or the DOD, or the NNSA (or whatever relevant agency at the time) approve of this expedition?

Excerpt:

"This story should serve to remind us, that when it comes to things nuclear, we can not leave it to our policy makers who can not even think of consequences over their own lifetimes. The relationship between China and US, and the very existence of such political maps could change in a matter of decades, but radioactive contamination stays for centuries. Nuclear safety, whether in case of nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, space missions carrying nuclear devices or Depleted Uranium, has to be thought keeping in view the irreparable, large-scale and long-term consequences of radiation.

In 1965, a CIA team lost a four pound plutonium-powered device at Nanda Devi peak which it was trying to install to spy on China’s nuclear tests. That expedition retreated in the face of bad weather, leaving the device in Himalayas. They returned in the next spring to find the device, but failed. The Nanda Devi Sanctuary supplies water to the Ganges River, and there were fears that the four pounds of plutonium in the device could escape into the watershed. Those fears were been confirmed in 2005 when traces of Plutonium-235 was found."


RE: Nuclear Oversight? - Horse - 08-23-2017

(08-22-2017, 07:53 AM)piajensen Wrote: Did the IAEA, or the NRC, or the DOD, or the NNSA approve of this expedition?

Yeah, who's in charge? Did the president know? Plausible deniability? Did the contractor mess up? Was it just the weather that day? Yeah, field testing that new plutonium battery was a real hot idea at the time.


RE: Nuclear Oversight? - piajensen - 08-23-2017