No, it’s not what you think.
When I saw this headline:
Organic Cat Litter Chief Suspect In Nuclear Waste Accident
…I thought it had to be from a humor site. Then I checked the source URL, and it was National Public Radio. Turns out this is a real thing!
In February, a 55-gallon drum of radioactive waste burst open inside America’s only nuclear dump, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.
Now investigators believe the cause may have been a pet store purchase gone bad.
“It was the wrong kitty litter,” says James Conca, a geochemist in Richland, Wash., who has spent decades in the nuclear waste business.
Go here to learn more if, like me, you had no idea of the importance of kitty litter in radioactive waste disposal.