No radioactive leak after discovery of wet package at aviation warehouse, says Fire and Rescue Dept


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  • Thursday, 07 Nov 2019

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PETALING JAYA: There was no radioactive leak following the discovery of a wet package at the Pos Aviation Sdn Bhd warehouse near KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, the Fire and Rescue Department confirmed.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director Hafisham Mohd Noor, when contacted Thursday (Nov 7), said department personnel from the KLIA and Shah Alam fire stations were called in after the wet package, believed to contain Iridium 192, was discovered at the warehouse at around 10.40am.

"When personnel from the department's hazardous material team and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board inspected the package, it was confirmed that there was no radioactive leak coming from the box.

"Further investigations will be conducted on the matter and we have yet to determine why the box was found wet," he said.

He also commended staff members at the warehouse for being attentive and immediately reporting the nature of the package.

Hafisham also confirmed no one was hurt or affected by the incident.

Iridium 192 is a radioactive isotope that can be used in the medical field to kill cancer cells.

Separately, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, which manages KLIA, confirmed that the incident did not affect operations at the airport.

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