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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 11:35 AM
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Highly enriched uranium missing in New Jersey
Uranium lost in New Jersey, radioactive material missing globally

Michael Roston
Published: Tuesday August 22, 2006

Uranium has been lost in New Jersey, one of 102 reported incidents of nuclear trafficking in 2005 collected by the Geneva-based body, according to a report issued yesterday by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The IAEA's Illicit Trafficking Database Program (ITDB) reports on trafficking and other unauthorized activities involving nuclear and radioactive materials worldwide. The 103 incidents detected so far this year by ITDB represented a decline from 2004, but were still greater than all other previous years since the agency began collecting information in 1993.

In one March or April 2005 incident, highly enriched uranium (HEU) that could be used to make a nuclear weapon, was lost in the US State of New Jersey. The total amount gone missing was 3.3 grams, a small quantity. The IAEA remarked about the incident, "From the terrorism threat standpoint, these cases are of little concern but they show security vulnerabilities at facilities handling HEU."

The New Jersey loss was the 15th of 16 confirmed cases of lost fissile material globally since 1993. Fissile material can be used in the production of fuel for a nuclear weapon. Calls to New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection were not immediately returned.

more at:
http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Uranium_lost_in_New_J...
and:
http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/News/2006/traffickingsta...
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 11:37 AM
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1. This is it...this is the start of things that will lead to more
horrible things... You don't just "lose" that kind of stuff.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:00 PM
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4. It got easier to 'lose' if after Ms Plame's network was destroyed
Remember: She had built a network to keep an eye on the movement of just such 'lost' items.
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:28 PM
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7. Good point.
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 11:40 AM
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2. Maybe NNadir has it
they should look in his garage.
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 03:17 PM
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15. I don't have it? Do you have any idea where the 7 billion tons of carbon
dioxide that you don't care about went?

Are you pro-coal boys looking for it?

Oh. I forgot. You don't give a flying fuck where it goes, or how many people it kills, as long as worldwide attention remains fixed on three grams of uranium.

This thread is a poster child for heads far up asses.
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 11:49 AM
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3. Maybe..
.. the Sopranos got it.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:12 PM
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5. It got left in a toilet stall on the Turnpike. (NT)
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:27 PM
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6. I'm guessing it's either in the Hackensack River or somewhere in the...
Meadowlands. That's where things go missing in NJ. Personally, I'm hoping it's in the Pine Barrens...it honestly would explain a lot about the area.
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independentpiney Donating Member (966 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:44 PM
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10. You hope they're in the Pinelands? I resemble that remark!
Seriously though, I wonder how much is in troxler soil density testers. I worked for a construction company that was going belly up in the late '90's, and a few went missing, taken by employees looking to start their own businesses.
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:51 PM
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12. New Jersey is a strange and corrupt place, but I like it.
The northern part anyway. :P
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 08:43 PM
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19. Smart woman.
:)
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:32 PM
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8. Wow, there must be really stupid people running the IAEA.
3.3 grams seems like not a lot, but there were 102 other 'incidents' (haha yeah right) and what if all of the others were over 3.3 grams of HEU? Soon it becomes a LOT of Uranium. Hopefully these are cases of the lost HEU getting flushed down the toliet by mistake. :eyes:
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enuffs_enuffs Donating Member (201 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:43 PM
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9. The IAEA reviews records and does inspections
They don't secure the materials themselves.

So, must be some really stupid Americans.
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 01:08 PM
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13. Thanks for proving my point.
Edited on Tue Aug-22-06 01:11 PM by Rex
And I said they retain the stuff where again? I guess reading comprehension is lost on some. Just so you understand - I was talking about their comment as just passing it off like no big deal. :eyes:
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enuffs_enuffs Donating Member (201 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 05:43 PM
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17. Sorry if I mis-under-interpreted you...
And where do you state they aren't in charge of fissile materials?

I was simply injecting that tid bit. Sorry if your feathers got ruffled... ;(
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:46 PM
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11. you know...
when the Soviet Union crumbled, all the talking heads were worried about how terrorists were going to get their hands on Soviet nukes because their security went to hell.

Nah. I figure if there's going to be a terrorist nuke bombing of an American city it'll probably be because Gomer Pyle fell asleep while guarding the nukes at some remote Utah outpost.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 03:23 PM
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16. It'll be some Christian Fundamentalist Air Force Head Case...
...who dreamed he dropped the soap.

That'll be the first terrorist to use a nuke in the U.S.

:nuke:
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 03:15 PM
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14. I love all these "could fuel a nuclear weapons" remarks.
I recognize that most people in this country are scientifically illiterate, but this is three grams.

I guess it would be an awful lot for people to recognize issues like critical masses.
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 08:46 PM
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21. An eighth of an OZ for reference..
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 08:42 PM
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18. Don't look at me, I haven't got it...
Edited on Tue Aug-22-06 08:45 PM by mcscajun
...maybe it's stuck in the Shore traffic, or lost around Trenton.

But seriously...A little bit here, a little bit there...next thing you know...somebody's got a bomb.

:nuke:
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 08:45 PM
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20. that is not a large
quantity. Not enough for a bomb. Not something you want to turn up in your yard.
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