Lost nuclear materials increasingly not recovered

29 September 2008

Updated reports on illicit trafficking of nuclear materials from 1995 to 2007 show that the recovery of such materials is becoming rarer. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that on average between those years 34% of materials reported lost or stolen were later recovered. This proportion fell to 25% in 2004-2007. These unrecovered materials include “high-risk ‘dangerous’ radioactive sources.”

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