ISU loses track of dab of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium, faces federal fine

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Here’s an article from the Associated Press: By Keith Ridler BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A small amount of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium about the size of a U.S. quarter is missing from an Idaho university that was using it for research, leading federal officials on Friday to propose an $8,500 fine. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Idaho State University can't account for about a 30th of an ounce (1 gram) of the material that's used in nuclear reactors and to make nuclear bombs. The amount is too small to make a nuclear bomb, agency spokesman Victor Dricks said, but could be used to make a dirty bomb to spread radioactive contamination. "The NRC has very rigorous controls for the use and storage of radioactive materials as evidenced by...

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ISU loses track of dab of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium, faces federal fine

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