to change procedures after plutonium shipment
Reuters news service (EU), November 29, 1999
BRUSSELS - The European Commission blamed human error and weaknesses
in communication and organisation, for a shipment of plutonium being
mistakenly sent to Britain from a European Union research centre in
The EU's executive
said it would immediately put in place new procedures to avoid a repetition
of September's incident, which it said had at no time involved any risk
to human health.
The European Union's
Institute for Reference Material and Measuring in Geel, Belgium, from
where the shipment originated, would revise its operating procedures,
improve external audits and improve staff training, the Commission said
in a statement.
Until the changes
have been made, no deliveries of nuclear materials will be allowed without
the explicit authorisation of the institute's director-general, it added.
in which a container with 0.69 grams of plutonium was inadvertently
sent via Luxembourg to a company in Britain, had prompted European Commission
President Romano Prodi to express concern and launch an investigation.