|Photo shows the radioactive resource missing from the Ponima 3 Steel plant in southern Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province. — Photo vnexpress.net
HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi has tightened the management of radioactive sources and stepped up emergency preparedness after a radioactive source went missing in southern Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province some months ago.
Dam Quang Minh, head of the city's department of science and technology's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Office, said the department has compiled a book entitled "Things to know for ensuring radioactive safety" and has distributed its copies to 170 facilities using radioactive sources in the city.
The department has been actively conducting drills on emergency response during radioactive incidents, he noted.
Ha Noi has become the first locality in the country to hold drills on how to cope with radioactive incidents since 2007, he added.
The department has been encouraging and monitoring junk collectors and scrap processors to bring unclaimed radioactive sources to their notice.
It has printed posters showing how to identify any equipment of radioactive sources and has distributed them to scrap processors, he pointed out.
Scrap processors have been asked to report any suspicious equipment to authorised agencies, he stressed.
Statistics from the city's Science and Technology Department show that there are 1,920 radioactive sources across 170 facilities in the city. — VNS