|According to estimates from the HCM City's Science and Technology Department, the city has 1,200 pieces of radioactive equipment of 10 different kinds. — Photo laodong
HCM CITY (VNS) — Poor management and supervision of the country's radioactive devices led to a dangerous situation as two pieces of equipment were lost in HCM City in September last year and early this month in the southern-coastal province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau.
There are 24 units using radioactivity at level A for research, industrial and medical services, and 60 units nationwide that are allowed to take radioactive images. Around 1,000 pieces of equipment, including mobile devices, could be easily lost and cause danger to the environment.
According to estimates from the HCM City's Science and Technology Department, the city has 1,200 pieces of radioactive equipment of 10 different kinds.
After one radioactive equipment was lost in the HCM City-based Asia – Pacific Apave Limited company, local authorities asked the Ministry of Science and Technology to study and release regulations to fix GPS for all radioactive equipment.
The city has also asked the municipal Science and Technology Department along with the Viet Nam National University Integrated Circuit Design Research and Education Centre (ICDREC) to adjust GPS for this kind of equipment.
"We have finished two models for GPS equipment, which can meet the requirement of management and supervision," Ngo Duc Hoang, director of ICDREC was quoted as saying in the Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer) newspaper.
In addition, the city has asked the ministry to set up a task force to cope with radioactive accidents.
"Recent losses of radioactive equipment have caused worries for local residents and it's time the Government should issue a policy to tighten management for the special equipment," Vuong Huu Tan, head of the Ministry of Science and Technology's Nuclear and Radioactive Safety Department, said.
He said the department was working with the South Korean Government, under support from the International Atomic Energy Agency, to deploy RADLOT system in order to secure safety for radioactivity. The system will allow management units to control all activities of radioactive equipment.
Related to the loss of radioactive equipment in Pomina 3 Iron Mill in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province on April 8, Tan confirmed that an investigation was being conducted by police and the mill would be inspected soon. — VNS