Organic Cat Litter Chief Suspect In Nuclear Waste Accident

Hundreds of drums may contain the wrong cat litter.

Flynn says that the cause of the accident still isn't 100 percent clear. Scientists at Los Alamos have yet to find the exact blend of cat litter and nuclear waste that can spark a reaction.

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6 Responses:

  1. This is why I only buy milspec cat litter.

  2. James says:

    In before thorium pebble bed is the answer to all your energy problems.

  3. #lifeisnowalwaystheonion

  4. Waider says:

    I would love to find out about the thought process that led to this. You're burying the antithesis of "organic" and, what, you want to feel good about it? "Well, it'll be unfit for humans to approach for a hell of a long time, but at least the cat litter we used is organic"

    • John Carter says:

      I suspect the answer will be more mundane, either "it was slightly cheaper" or "we ran out of the other stuff".

    • Lascaille says:

      It shouldn't be a thought process of any kind. There should be an approved specification against which a tender is issued and batch tests should be carried out on the incoming product to verify that it meets that specification.

      My experience is in electrical power generation - utilities buy transformer oil (both organic and silicone) in large quantities but still manage to test every single barrel or batch of it before storing it. It's then tested again when it's taken from storage and again (albeit a simpler test) before being used to refill the transformer. That's just for relatively safe oil which can only burn or spill.

      Producers of this oil also specify clearly what applicable standards the oil is produced to and if changes are made to the composition of a product this is normally made unequivocally clear the next time you place an order.

      The fact that a mistake of this nature was made is a thousand times worse than the mistake itself because it means that the entire process may not have been under any sort of quality control.

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