I didn’t know the University of California ran KAERI, too:
The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) is having a hard time searching for 2.7 kilograms of uranium sent to an incinerator by accident in May.
The state-run institute learned of the grave mistake on Aug. 6 and formed a task force to find the material that had drawn the attention of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Included in the missing material are 1.9 kilograms of natural uranium and 0.8 kilograms of depleted uranium as well as 0.2 grams of enriched uranium, which is still being investigated by the IAEA.
“Uranium doesn’t burn. So the uranium in question should remain intact at the waste dump. Our staff members will look hard for it,” a KAERI spokesman said.
For those of you interested in KAERI and its, um, administrative issues, I recommend South Korea’s Nuclear Surprise by Jungmin Kang, Peter Hayes, Li Bin, Tatsujiro Suzuki, Richard Tanter and a bag of locusts.