Port of Halifax gets all clear after radiation fear

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Port of Halifax has resumed operations after a suspected radiation leak last week.

Fears began after a number of cylinders containing uranium hexafluoride fell almost six metres whilst being unloaded from a ship.

The compound is used in gas centrifuge processes in order to enrich uranium for energy use.

Emergency services arrived and 150 metres of the port were cordoned off under safety protocols associated with radioactive materials.

The crew of the Atlantic Companion on which the cylinders were being transported from, were immediately evacuated from the area. After screening, they were taken to a local hotel.

After investigation it was found that none of the metal cylinders, encased in concrete which weigh up to 4.5 tonnes were damaged by the fall.

As such, the cordon was lifted and services resumed as usual on Saturday at 8 a.m.

The cylinders that originated from a URENCO facility in the UK, before travelling to Halifax via Liverpool, will now safety continue their journey to Columbia, S.C., next week.

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