From Chiba Nippo (7/1/2011):
[Headline:] Depleted Uranium Storage Facility Also Burned when Cosmo Oil’s Gas Tank Exploded
On June 30 Chiba Prefectural Assembly held meetings of 2 standing committees [...] it was revealed that the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) tank fire and explosion at Cosmo Oil Refinery in Ichihara City, Chiba also burned the adjacent depleted uranium storage facility. There was no leak of radioactive materials, according to the committee.
The Chiba prefectural fire department disclosed that the depleted uranium storage facility’s roof was burned down because of the fire and explosion of the LPG tank at Cosmo Oil. The depleted uranium storage facility belongs to Chisso Petrochemical [subsidiary of Chisso Corporation].
According to the fire department, the storage facility is licensed by the national government as “nuclear fuel usage location”, and had 765 kilograms of depleted uranium that contained 0.3% of radioactive material [uranium]. The depleted uranium is used as catalyst for gas production. [...]
h/t Alexander Higgins via anonymous tip
Published: July 9th, 2011 at 1:18 pm ET