Stricter controls on radiation in scrap urged

EU governments agree need to minimise risks in metal recycling, screen imports

The EU Council of ministers has agreed a resolution encouraging member states to prevent radioactive sources finding their way into metal recycling. The initiative was promoted by the bloc's current Spanish presidency. Spain suffered a major scare in 1998 when an accident in a foundry sent a radioactive cloud across western Europe (EED 16/06/98).

Governments are invited to ensure the establishment of systems aimed at minimising radiological risks in metal recycling, and at keeping radioactive sources out of the industry. Action is also encouraged to detect accidental imports of radioactive sources in metals and to facilitate their safe return to the country of origin.

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