Friday, 16 October 2009

Radioactive Rabbits

Yesterday the New York Times reported that in Hanford (central Washington state), where plutonium was once produced, the federal government has just spent millions of dollars mapping radioactive rabbit feces by helicopter so that it can be cleaned up and disposed of as radioactive waste.

The feces was found in areas previously uncontaminated but the local rabbits had burrowed through contaminated grounds. According to the New York Times 'Anything that hops, burrows, buzzes, crawls or grazes near a nuclear weapons plant may be capable of setting off a Geiger counter. And at the Hanford nuclear reservation, one of the dirtiest of them all, its droppings alone might be enough to trigger alarms.'

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