The wrong kitty litter

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.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to The wrong kitty litter

  1. Cathy White says:

    How interesting. I just googled Fullers Earth and it has a host of uses. I knew of cat litter, and it can be used as an alternative to grit on icy paths , but it cleans marble, face packs, pharmaceutical applications, loads of different things. Mopping up nuclear waste lol, I’ll not look at the litter tray in quite the same way again.

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