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    Radioactive substances found in Brussels garbage

    Radioactive waste was collected in Brussels last week and triggered a safety procedure. Credit: Belga

    Waste with more radioactive material than the safety threshold allows was collected on 11 July in Brussels, triggering a safety procedure, according to reports.

    Garbage collectors dropped off waste at the incinerator of Neder-over-Heembeek that had a radioactivity level of 26 microsieverts, well above the safety threshold of 20 microsieverts.

    The waste collectors’ clothes were thrown away, and they were examined at the Neder-over-Heembeek military hospital. They were not contaminated, BX1 said.

    The radioactive waste has been isolated in a refrigerator, where it will stay for at least a month. When the waste falls below 20 microsieverts, it can be incinerated.

    This situation occurs about two or three times per month, according to BX1, and medical waste, such as bandages from patients, is usually the culprit.

    Sam Nelson
    The Brussels Times