Atomic Sludge Monster Devours Edmonton!!
No wonder AECL wants to diversify. But new schemes to keep the nuke industry afloat make you wonder what AECL (sorry, Nordion) is feeding to its marketing geniuses.
After a recent push by the company to bombard food with gamma rays as a preservative method (“good, fresh food, only a smidgeon radioactive”) flopped bigtime, AECL/Nordion came up with Another Winner: sludge irradiation.
The plan is to build a demonstration plant in Edmonton to irradiate sludge scooped out of the city's sewers, dry it, bag it, and sell it around the world as fertilizer.
Why Edmonton? “We needed a very good quality sludge, and
from a quality point of view, the Edmonton sludge rated very high
-- top of the line,” enthused project manager Joan Swinwood.
And, she added, it would even be a tourist attraction.
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