Date
26 September 2017
A man holds a radiation measuring device. A metal detector containing radioactive material was lost at a Nanjing construction site. Photo Bloomberg
A man holds a radiation measuring device. A metal detector containing radioactive material was lost at a Nanjing construction site. Photo Bloomberg

China orders radiation checks after Nanjing incident

China has ordered stepped-up monitoring of high-risk radiation sources nationwide, Caixin reported Friday.

The move came nearly a week after a device containing radioactive material was lost in Nanjing.

A metal detector widely used in industrial radiography to check for flaws in metal welds and castings was misplaced at a construction site in Nanjing’s Luhe district on May 9. 

The radioactive material was traced three days later but had already caused damage to a street sleeper, the report said. 

The Ministry of Environmental Protection, which ordered the radiation checks Wednesday, blamed unqualified workers at Tianjin Hongdi Engineering Inspection Development Co. for the incident.

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