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Jakarta Post

Police hunt radioactive waste dumper in Banten

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 19, 2020   /  01:21 pm
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A team made up of members of the National Police Mobile Brigade bomb squad and the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) detects radiation at the Batan Indah housing complex in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, on Feb. 15. (Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)

The Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) is working with the police to investigate the origins of the radioactive Caesium-137 waste found in the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten, recently. Bapeten manages around 14,000 permits for nuclear use across the country. “We have the data of which industries use Caesium-137 but we don’t have the capacity to investigate how the materials ended up in that neighborhood. That’s why we are working with the police,” Bapeten head Jazi Eko Istiyanto said on Tuesday. The Jakarta Police, the South Tangerang Police, the National Police’s forensics unit and criminal investigation department (Bareskrim) are currently probing the case. “We examined the scene on Sunday. Bareskrim collected samples from the scene to be further analyzed,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Asep ...