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10-14 February 2020
Europe/Vienna timezone

Co-60 in scrap metall containers

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Paper MORC: Preventing illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive material


Helge Kroeger


In January 2019, a shipment containing a highly radioactive Co-60 source was detected in Hamburg in a container of scrap metall imported from Nigeria by a German scrap metal merchant. So far it has not been possible to identify the device the sources stem from, it’s purpose or the design of the machine to determine where it might have originated from.
As more of these sources have appeared in scrap metall in the Netherlands (some of which had a German destination), efforts have been undertaken to get in touch with the Nigerian authorities in order to help investigate the path these sources have taken, especially in light of the fact that the containers were scanned in Nigeria.
In May 2019 Nigeria has requested a fact finding mission to be conducted by the IAEA and within the presentation some of the results of this mission will be presented.

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State Germany

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