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Cobalt-60 finally removed from Mexican cornfield

MEXICO CITY--A shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 was safely recovered Tuesday evening after sitting in the cornfield where it was found a week ago dumped by truck thieves in central Mexico, the country's nuclear safety director said.

Juan Eibenschutz, director general of the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, said a robot was used to scoop up the dangerous material and deposit it in a safe container for transporting to a nuclear waste treatment facility.

“It's been recovered, and it's on its way to the waste site,” he said.

Earlier Tuesday, Eibenschutz had said the cobalt-60 was still in the field because emergency workers hadn't been able to get the robot close enough due to bales of corn stalks in the field. He said workers were clearing a path.

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