A Batan official in protective gear stands on a patch of land that has been contaminated with radioactive waste in Serpong, South Tangerang, on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Radioactive Clean-Up Continues in Serpong

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

FEBRUARY 18, 2020

Indonesian nuclear agencies continued decontamination operation at a housing complex in Serpong, Banten, on Tuesday after radiation was detected in the area at the weekend

Workers have removed 79 drums of radioactive soil and cut trees and grass from an empty land at the Batan Indah housing complex.

The clean-up may take up to 20 days to complete, officials said. 

The housing complex is located about 45 kilometers from the National Nuclear Energy Agency's (Batan) Siwabessy reactor.

The agency said the radioactive contamination was caused by illegal radioactive waste disposal, but they were still in the dark about the alleged perpetrator.

The National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) and the Nuclear Energy Supervisory Agency (Bapetan) personnels are preparing their protective gear before entering the radioactive leaked land in Serpong, South Tangerang on Tuesday (18/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) and Nuclear Energy Supervisory Agency (Bapeten) put on protective gear before continuing to remove radioactive soil from the housing complex in Serpong. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Nuclear decontamination technician use mini skid steer loader to carry radioactive soil. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mini skid steer loader is used to transport the radioactive soil. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man use a radiation detection devices at radioactive leaked area in Serpong, South Tangerang on Tuesday (18/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Detecting radiation at a contaminated area. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two officers transporting drums containing radioactive soil to a truck owned by The National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Drums containing radioactive are loaded into a truck. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An officer checks the Batan and Bapetan personnels who have carried out their duties from the radioactive area with radiation detection devices. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Measuring radiation level on an officer's protective uniform. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Radioactive cleansing process at Batan Residential Complex, in Serpong, South Tangerang on Tuesday (18/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Putting on bin liner inside a gallon drum before it gets filled with radioactive soil. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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