Two individuals associated with the theft were also brought to a health clinic for decontamination. The case is under police investigation, The Albuquerque Journal reports on Friday.
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According to a search warrant affidavit filed in the US District Court in Albuquerque, the materials were stolen from a radioactive waste management facility known as Technical Area 54, where contaminated materials are being stored until decontamination. In other cases, materials were removed from Area G, which is used for cutting up large pieces of contaminated materials.
It also happens that contaminated material disappear, only to later be sold or used elsewhere. This was the case with a pair of gloves that disappeared from a LANL vehicle just a week before the radioactive tools were found, according to The Journal.