Diary: Santa comes to town, radiates kids

A British nuclear agency that built a Santa’s grotto from containers that had once stored nuclear waste was forced to go on the defensive this month, promising parents that the hundreds of children who visited the Edinburgh site had not been exposed to radiation.

A British nuclear agency that built a Santa’s grotto from containers that had once stored nuclear waste was forced to go on the defensive this month, promising parents that the hundreds of children who visited the Edinburgh site had not been exposed to radiation.

A British nuclear agency that built a Santa’s grotto from

containers that had once stored nuclear waste was forced to go on the

defensive this month, promising parents that the hundreds of children

who visited the Edinburgh site had not been exposed to radiation.



If you can’t envision the outbreak of panic, just imagine this

conversation: ’What would you like for Christmas, little girl?’ ’I would

like to know why you’re glowing, Santa.’



The UK Atomic Energy Authority, which runs the plant, said the

containers (which had been used to store low-level nuclear waste,

including paper towels used by workers) had been decontaminated and were

completely safe.



Well, that probably makes Donner and Blitzen feel so much better.



’We have very rigorous procedures for cleaning up,’ said Beth Taylor,

head of corporate communications. ’Use of these materials is quite

normal, but we can see how parents are sensitive when their children are

involved.’ Fine, but don’t expect much of a turnout for the Easter

Bunny.



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