Experts visit radiation hotspots in Delhi’s Mayapuri

May 16th, 2010 - 1:21 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) A team of experts from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has visited Mayapuri here following reports that radiation exposure was still high in the area, an official said Sunday.
The experts held a meeting late Saturday with the scrap dealers of Mayapuri where the first radiation leak incident was reported last month. One person died due to radiation exposure.

“They have promised to resume decontamination exercise at the earliest and address areas of serious concern in the next two days,” said Jan Vande Putte, radiation expert from the environment organisation Greenpeace.

Greenpeace in its investigation Friday found that Mayapuri area in west Delhi was “not a safe zone for human beings”.

“The investigation has identified hotspots with more than 5,000 times natural background radiation,” Putte said.

The Greenpeace team observed that it was a matter of concern that the identified six hotspots remained despite AERB having declared the area as safe.

Police said the source of the leak last month was a radioactive gamma cell containing Cobalt-60, auctioned as scrap by Delhi University’s chemistry department two months ago.

Six people exposed to the radioactive Cobalt-60 are still undergoing anti-radiation treatment in a hospital.

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