Last year, a shipping container made its way from Saudi Arabia to a dock in Genoa, Italy where it sat idle for several days until dock workers discovered by accident during a “technical review” of the terminal that the container was radioactive. It has been six months since the radioactive container was discovered and it still has not been deactivated. They are currently exploring different methods to deactivate the container, including a robot due to the unknown threat of the materials. They are estimating that the cost of remedying this situation will be €800K, perhaps €1M.
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“Fear of Opening Radioactive Container May Force it Out to Sea on a Barge”
“The opening of the container, which is necessary for decontamination, is anything but simple, and indeed, if the container is the act of a terrorist plot, would also be very dangerous, because the doors may be rigged to an explosive device.” View full article and related stories from Google Italy:
January 11, 2011
“Local Politicians Debate Handling of Radiactive Container”
“Ferretti said “This subject is very serious and I find it awkward and inappropriate that this container was unloaded on the ground and its radioactive qualities discovered only after dock workers were exposed to it for four or five days. Therefore, I will not join in my colleague’s applause of [the response]…” View full article and related stories from Google Italy: