Lost 'N Found: Nuclear Fuel Rod: Missing a
nuclear fuel rod? Halliburton was — for
a month — before a company employee found it by the side of a road, reports The Guardian.
containing americium-241/beryllium, a highly- radioactive substance, got lost by employees driving 130
miles between Pecos and Odessa, Texas, about a month ago.
The U.S. National Guard joined Halliburton in
looking for the rod, which probably wouldn't have killed anyone just picking it up, but could have done serious harm if
someone had taken it home as a souvenier.
Here's the kicker: "It is the first time the loss of a
radioactive rod has been recorded by the NRC in at least five years, a spokesman for the agency said."
Apparently, companies lose nuclear fuel rods on a semi-regular basis!