By Sitti Rohanisa Noor Yahya
Mexican authorities said the stolen radiography camera containing a radioactive source in Mexico was recovered, according to a press statement of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the theft and subsequent safe recovery of a radiography camera containing a radioactive source.
In a statement on Wednesday furnished to the Philippine Muslim Today, IAEA said the radiography camera, with an Iridium-192 radioactive source, was stolen on 11 April together with the vehicle of a radiographer in the Teoloyucan municipality in Mexico State.
“The Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS), the Mexican nuclear regulator, informed the IAEA on 13 April that the radioactive source was safely recovered intact in its shielding within the camera in the town of Ojo de Agua, Tecámac in Mexico State,” it said.
The CNSNS informed the national civil protection authority in Mexico and a criminal investigation is underway, it added.
Radiography cameras are used industrially to inspect welding and concrete for hidden flaws.
The IAEA remains in contact with authorities in Mexico. SRNY