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Mules to help with radiation survey

Published 14/05/2010 | 09:12

Mules will carry high-tech scanning equipment to detect radiation in an infected area
Mules will carry high-tech scanning equipment to detect radiation in an infected area

The US Environmental Protection Agency has a new weapon in the fight against radioactive contamination at a Los Angeles-area lab: Mules.

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The EPA will use four mules to carry high-tech scanning equipment to detect radiation on steep and rocky terrain at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

The EPA is conducting a survey of soil and water contamination at the lab near Simi Valley, where rocket engines were tested for years and a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor took place in 1959.

About 500 acres (200 hectares) of the lab will be scanned for gamma radiation.

Results will be turned over to the state, which is overseeing a clean-up.

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